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Drawing, Recto: Four preliminary design for the "Vermis Sericus" (Silk-making) print series. Above left: Winding silk. Below left: preparing mulberry leaves. Above right: arranging the leaves on shelves. Below right: feeding the mulberry leaves to the silkworms. Verso: Above left: inscription regarding payments for print designs for the Silkmaking and Hunt series. Below left: stacks of mulberry leaves on a rack, a jumping lynx. Verso right: three mulberry leaves., ca. 1595

This is a Drawing. It was created by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus. It is dated ca. 1595 and we acquired it in 1901. Its medium is pen and brown ink, brush and grey wash on two joined sheets of paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

Its dimensions are

14.3 x 20.1 cm (5 5/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Recto, above left: "sula canestra / in lontano" Recto, below right: "done che mettono / le baci sulla fraschi / a presse al [...]" / done che me / tteno le petze / number 3, changed to 5 (or vice versa) Verso, upper left: "montano scudi 83 / avuto a buon conto scudi 29 / Reste avere scudi 53 / Le 18 disegni fatte lultimo / della seta e 4 caccia e [..,] montano scudi 36 / in tutto che io davere in tuto scudi 90" Verso, lower left "foglie / lup servire / major che la / [...] parda bianca che [...]"

Cite this object as

Drawing, Recto: Four preliminary design for the "Vermis Sericus" (Silk-making) print series. Above left: Winding silk. Below left: preparing mulberry leaves. Above right: arranging the leaves on shelves. Below right: feeding the mulberry leaves to the silkworms. Verso: Above left: inscription regarding payments for print designs for the Silkmaking and Hunt series. Below left: stacks of mulberry leaves on a rack, a jumping lynx. Verso right: three mulberry leaves., ca. 1595; Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, 1523–1605); Italy; pen and brown ink, brush and grey wash on two joined sheets of paper; 14.3 x 20.1 cm (5 5/8 x 7 15/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-297

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