[YPRES] "LUDUS PEGASEUS exhibitus illustrissimo... - Lot 490 - Morel de Westgaver

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[YPRES] "LUDUS PEGASEUS exhibitus illustrissimo... - Lot 490 - Morel de Westgaver
[YPRES] "LUDUS PEGASEUS exhibitus illustrissimo ac reverendissimo Domino, Domino Joanni Baptistae De Smet quinto decimo iprensium episcopo dum sedem suam adiret episcopalem exultante clero, et populo calendis maÿ 1721." [Manuscript title]. Ypres, Franciscus Joannes Moerman, 1721. Bookplate, 102 x 54 cm, printed text with handwritten title, on cloth, decorated with medallion paintings. Browning. Under a later giltwood frame and glass (a few missing pieces on the bottom post). Spectacular document, probably a unique gift from the Recollects of Ypres for the enthronement of Jean-Baptiste de Smet (1674-1741), their new bishop. The work consists of a long poem in Latin printed on two columns separated by a typographical frieze and accompanied on the sides by an abundant apparatus of notes in Latin giving references and comments. The text is surmounted by a large painted title and surrounded by a rich decoration including the coat of arms of the new bishop at the top, 12 cartouches on the sides containing emblematic scenes on the theme of Pegasus, inspired by the coat of arms of J.-B. de Smet, composed of two horseshoes facing each other (from smid = the smith). The horseshoes are highlighted on the cartouches representing Pegasus and the forge of Vulcan. We also recognize Perseus and Andromache, Neptune, Zeus, Mercury, as well as Orpheus. These cartouches are linked to each other by complementary characters or groups of characters, eight in total. At the bottom, a large cartouche depicts a landscape with a group of musicians in the foreground led by a man dressed in antique style (Orpheus?), around a mast topped with flags, in the background the city of Ypres on the left, a convent on the right, and in the center a military parade welcoming a convoy of carriages, probably depicting the arrival of the new bishop. This cartouche is surrounded on the left by a coat of arms (motto "Gallo cantante surge") and on the right by a Virgin and Child with the legend "CONV. FF. MIN. RECOLL.", identifying the Recollects as donors of this gift. Bibliogr. not in Diegerick, nor UniCat.
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