Detail from Soo D'oude Songen Soo Pepen De Jongen (As the old sing, so the young twitter), possibly by Cornelis Danckerts I, or Cornelis Danckerts II, after Jacob Jordaens, 17th century. Dayton C. Miller Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
after a painting by Jacob Jordaens, history and portrait painter, draughtsman, watercolorist, and engraver, 1593-1678
This is a family scene before a table set with food and drink. At the left, an old man with spectacles holds a book and sings; next to the old man is a bagpiper who plays a pipe decorated with an animal head. A young woman in a feathered hat is seated at the center and holds a child in her lap who plays a whistle. Another child sits to her right (viewer's left) and plays a recorder. At the right, an old woman with spectacles is seated in a hooded rattan chair and sings, holding a paper in her hands; and, a dog, its head resting on the table, is at the far right corner. Dishes of food and fruit, a pitcher and glass, are on a cloth-covered table.
Here is a translation of the inscription: "Frequently, what the elders sing with open mouth, cautious youth strives to play on their flutes. Zeuxis depicted this well and he would have surpassed art, if these old people were brought to life and sound to the flutes."
This print was included in The Pipers: An Exhibition of Engravings, Watercolors and Lithographs from the Dayton C. Miller Collection, Library of Congress, March 1977.
About the Artists
Cornelis Danckerts I, engraver and publisher, ca. 1603-before 1656; or, Cornelis Danckerts II, draughtsman, engraver, and print dealer, active 1637-1684
There are two engravers named Cornelis Danckerts in Bénézit. It is not known which of these two artists engraved the Miller print, Soo D'oude Songen Soo Pepen De Jongen (As the old sing, so the young twitter). Cornelis Danckerts I was a Dutch engraver and publisher from Amsterdam, who was born about 1603, and who died in Amsterdam before 1656. He was the son of the youngest brother of the architect also named Cornelis Danckerts. He is to be identified with Cornelis Danckerts of Seevenhoven, a publisher. Cornelis Danckerts II, also a Dutch artist, was a draughtsman, engraver and print seller in Amsterdam from 1637 to 1684. He was the son of the engraver, Justus Danckerts.
Jacob Jordaens, history and portrait painter, draughtsman, watercolorist, and engraver, 1593-1678
Jacob Jordaens was a well-known 17th-century Flemish artist who was born in and died in Antwerp. See Bénézit for long biography and list of his works.
- The translation of the inscription from the Latin is courtesy of David Shive, Washington, D.C., 15 February 2007. [back to article]