The Envious Tooth of Time
Early Printed Works from PSU Library Special Collections
In early modern Europe, Time was seen as a destructive figure, relentlessly gnawing away at the works of man. The remnants of the ancient past that manage to survive were described as having escaped his "envious tooth." This exhibition highlights original printed works from the Portland State University Library Special Collections, ranging from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries, including an acquisition through the Gordon Hunter Fund: a rare 1613 edition of Cesare Ripa's celebrated iconographic handbook, Iconologia.
Curated by Jesse Locker, Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art, Portland State University.