The Sculptor

Book Title: Spiegel van het menselyk bedryf : vertoonende honderd verscheiden ambachten, konstig afgebeeld en met godlyke spreuken en stichtelyke verzen verryke / door Jan en Kasper Luiken

Author: Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712

Image Title: The Sculptor

Scripture Reference:

Description: In his studio the sculptor uses a mallet and chisel to carve the folds of the garment of a large female figure. A small scale model stands on a stool next to him. A number of sculptures are on the shelves and the floor of the studio. Two men entering through the open door watch the sculptor at work. The Dutch artist and poet Jan Luiken (1649-1712) was responsible for drawing this emblem and for creating the motto and poem that follow. Jan Luiken and/or his son Casper Luiken (1672-1708) were responsible for its etching. The attendant scripture text is Romans 13:14.

O Man, choose
Gain from loss.

As from the rough stone
The graceful sculpture appeared through art,
From which only the useless part is lost:
So God’s wisdom extracts, according to wish,
Christ’s image from the human Adam,
To be a jewel in the heavenly choir.

(Translation by Josephine V. Brown, with editorial assistance from William G. Stryker)

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