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Plaque, Wood, House Facade, Folk Art, 2nd Half 20th Century


Vider’ Oculis, Sumere Mens, Intelligeranima!
2nd Half 20th Century
Wooden plaque and mixed media
22.5 x 14.5 inches

An unusual, inventive and whimsical artwork relief plaque in the form of a house façade. It is executed with raised architectural details including a roof with chimneys, windows, stairs leading to a door, etc. Three faces variously peer out some of the windows. Under the house is a saying partly in Latin: “‘Vider’ Oculis, Sumere Mens, Intelligeranima!” To our knowledge, there is no such popularly known Latin saying and intelligeranima is not a real word. However, if you break it into “intelliger anima,” it could be interpreted as, “Sees with his eyes, uses his mind, to understand life!” Nonetheless, it is subject to other interpretations.

Condition:  Generally very good with light surface wear, particularly to varnish.