Childhood under the influence of Mercury, Adriaen Collaert, 1581 Canvas Print

Childhood under the influence of Mercury, Adriaen Collaert, 1581 Canvas Print

In the air floats the planet god Mercury. He is accompanied by the Gemini, his astrological sign. In the foreground the personification of Doctrina, education. As an old teacher, he studies a celestial globe and takes measurements with a compass. A young woman with a compass assists him. In the background, young people learn to read, write, geometry and archery. The print has a Latin caption and is part of a seven-part series about the power of the seven planets over the seven ages of man.

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