Switch to Dual Emblem Display

Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [Bb4v f268v]

Mulieris famam, non formam, vul-
gatam esse oportere.

A woman’s reputation, not her beauty, should be known to the world.

Emblema cxcv.

Alma Venus, quaenam haec facies? quid denotat illa
Testudo molli quam pede Diva premis?
Me sic effinxit Phidias,[1] sexmque referri
Foemineum nostra iussit ab effigie:
Qudque manere domi, & tacitas decet esse puellas,
Supposuit pedibus talia signa meis.

Kindly Venus, what form is this, what does that tortoise mean, on which, o goddess, your soft feet rest? Phidias fashioned me like this. He intended the female sex to be represented by this image of me. Girls should stay at home and keep silence, and so he put such symbols under my feet.

Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [Bb5r f269r]

PHidias Veneris statuam effinxit, quae pede testu-
dinem premeret, ut significaret duabus maxim
rebus commendari honestam matrem familias, silen-
tio & familiae procuratione. Ut enim nullum vitium
citis foeminam dedecorat qum loquacitas: sic hae
probro solent affici quae hac illcque cursitant.

Link to an image of this page Link to an image of this page [Bb5v f269v]

Que le bon renom de la femme doibt estre
publi non la beaut.

POurquoy, dame Venus, estes vous peinte ainsi,
Et soubs voz tendres pieds est la Tortue aussi?
Taillee j’ay est avec tel equipage
Par Phidias, afin que toute femme sage
Apprint de ce pourtrait une belle leon.
Peu parler elle doit, & en nulle faon
Ne doit l trotter, car il n’est pas honneste,
Si c’est pourquoy il mit soubs mes pieds ceste beste.

PHidias fit une statue de Venus, qui te-
noit le pied sus une tortue, pour donner
entendre que la sage mere de famille se
rendoit louable pour deux choses princi-
pallement, assavoir pour le silence, & le soing
de sa maison. Car comme il n’y a point de
vice qui plus descrie la femme que trop ba-
biller: aussi celles qui ne font que courir
& l, se donnent un mauvais bruit.

Notes:

1. Phidias’ statue of Aphrodite with one foot on a tortoise, set up at Elis, is mentioned by Pausanias, Periegesis 6.25.1. The tortoise is a symbol of ideal female domesticity, as it keeps silent and never leaves its house see Plutarch Coniugalia praecepta 32 (Mor. 142).


Related Emblems

Show related emblems Show related emblems

Hint: You can set whether related emblems are displayed by default on the preferences page


Iconclass Keywords

Relating to the image:

Relating to the text:


Hint: You can turn translations and name underlining on or off using the preferences page.

 

Back to top

Privacy notice
Terms and conditions