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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Verso: Huntsman laying nets", ca. 1590

type: Drawing

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Recto, top: Title page design, with the title "VERMIS SERICUS". Surrounded by representations of moths, on drapery in the center. At four corners, in ovals, the silkworm, cocoon, and moth. Foliage (and berry tree) in background. Scrolls terminate composition at left and right. Bottom: Interior with two women sewing in center of composition. A girl stands behind them at left, and another seated at right. Top verso: Incomplete design for title page related to top recto and a partial tracing of it.



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