The Astrologer

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 Astrologer

Scripture Reference:

Description: At night and by candlelight, the astrologer studies the stars through his open window. A globe, a sphere and a chart rest on the table next to him; on the floor is a Jacob’s staff next to a bookcase full of books. 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 2 Peter 3:9-14.

What matters most,
Should be considered most.

To be seated so low on the ground,
And to measure the course of the high heavens,
Seems much: But it’s much more useful,
To track the course of life,
And what finally will happen,
So that one prevents eternal disaster.

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

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