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The Devil Sows Weeds Among the Wheat, ca. 1651 - 1658

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 187 x 230 mm
  • Inv. 2014-AA

Public Domain

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While the squire and his servants sleep, the squire's enemy, the Devil, comes on the left to sow weeds among the sown grain. On the right, a horse-and-wagon drives along a country road towards a village. Below the scene a two-line reference in Latin to the Bible text in Mat 13:24.


Anonymous Master
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Hans Bol RKD
Mechelen 1534 - Amsterdam 1593

Title The Devil Sows Weeds Among the Wheat
Date ca. 1651 - 1658
Period 17th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: Hans Bol Inventor
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: A. Con excu.
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Assimilatum est regnum [...] tunc apverunt et zizania. Matth. Cap. 13.
inscription on the reverse: assu (???) Londerseel/ voir Brullior III 51
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-AA
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11K devil(s) and demons Iconclass
11K(SATAN) devil(s) and demons: Satan Iconclass
11K1 human-shaped devil Iconclass
11K4 activities of devil(s) Iconclass
25G4(GRASS) plants and herbs (GRASS) Iconclass
47I111 cereal, grain, corn (grass with grains, grown for food, e.g.: wheat, rice, rye, oats, maize, buckwheat, millet) Iconclass
47I119 weeds Iconclass
47I131 sowing Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C8122 while the sower and his servants slept, his enemy (the Devil) sowed tares among the wheat Iconclass
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