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The Smell, from the series The Five Senses

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 220 x 292 mm
  • Inv. 2014-LM-1

Public Domain

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Smell is represented in the guise of a young woman with flowers in her hands, seated on a chariot pulled by two greyhounds. The chariot is also embellished with flowers. In the background, two Biblical scenes are depicted: in the back left, God creates Adam, and in the back right, the house of Simon the Pharisee can be seen with St Mary Magdalene drying Christ's feet.


Pieter Cool RKD
Antwerp ca. 1570 - 1608
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Joannes Galle RKD
Antwerp 1600 - Antwerp 1676

Title The Smell, from the series The Five Senses
Period 16th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription: Odoratus
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Acer odorato sequitur canis omnia naso
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: M. de Vos invent.
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: ioannes Galleus/ excudit.
stamps (tools) reverse, lower left: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-LM-1
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055866 allegory (artistic device) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11HH(MARY MAGDALENE) the penitent harlot Mary Magdalene; possible attributes: book (or scroll), crown, crown of thorns, crucifix, jar of ointment, mirror, musical instrument, palm-branch, rosary, scourge Iconclass
25G41 flowers Iconclass
31A3 the (five) senses Iconclass
31A33 smell, smelling (one of the five senses) Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
34B11(GREYHOUND) dog (GREYHOUND) Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
43A421 chariot, triumphal car Iconclass
46C144 four-wheeled, animal-drawn vehicle, e.g.: cab, carriage, coach Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
71A3 creation of man; the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:26 - 2) Iconclass
73D132 Christ's feet are anointed by Mary (Magdalene) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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