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Warning against venereal disease: 23.I.3-634

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Current Location: In storage


Warning against venereal disease
Hieronymus Fracastorius (Girolamo Fracastoro) shows the shepherd Syphilus and the hunter Ilceus a statue of Venus to warn them against the danger of infection with syphilis


Printmaker: Sadeler, Jan I
Draughtsman: Schwarz, Christoph (After)




To the left, a fountain with a statue of Venus and Cupid, and below a seated woman playing a lute. In the centre, an old man identified by Erwin Panofsky as the poet Fracastoro holding his poem 'Syphilis sive morbus gallicus'; below a dog urinating in the stream. On the right, a man identified by Panofsky as Syphilus, bent over drinking from the same stream and another man holding a spear, standing behind him, identified by Panofsky as the Syrian hunter Ilceus. The Latin verses below are spoken by the seated woman, Fracastoro and Ilceus.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


16th Century
Circa 1588 - Circa 1595

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 23.I.3-634
Primary reference Number: 144734
Hollstein (Dutch/Flemish): 492
Wurzbach: 129
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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