This drawing probably has a twofold use: as it is a detailed study for a painting, it may also have served to present a draft of the commissioned work to the client.
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Remarkably, this drawing has a signature in the lower right-hand corner, which has faded over time.
Rubens used this sketch to prepare a huge painting commissioned by the Duke of Mantua, Vicenzo Gonzaga (1562-1612).
Pieter Bruegel, Luxuria
Preparatory to the print in reverse by Pieter van der Heyden from 'The seven deadly sins' or 'The Vices' series edited by Hieronymus Cock.
Dese corte cronikel in dese rolle gescreven ofte gefigureert ...
Cornelius van Hoorn
"Gheprint by my Henrick van Borculo, anno 1586"
Postcard: 'Albert I., Roi des Belges'
Publisher: J. Vuillien
Call number: CAP - 1914-1918 - S.IV 10160 (Stacks - Print collection)