Title page for Sericulture series [Vermis Sericus]

Stradanusca. 1590

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
New York, United States

Recto, top: Title page design, with the title "VERMIS SERICUS". Surrounded by representations of moths, on drapery in the center. At four corners, in ovals, the silkworm, cocoon, and moth. Foliage (and berry tree) in background. Scrolls terminate composition at left and right. Bottom: Interior with two women sewing in center of composition. A girl stands behind them at left, and another seated at right. Top verso: Incomplete design for title page related to top recto and a partial tracing of it.


  • Title: Title page for Sericulture series [Vermis Sericus]
  • Creator: Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus
  • Date Created: ca. 1590
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash on paper.
  • Paper Support: Paper, two sheets joined
  • Dimensions: 14.2 x 11 cm (5 9/16 x 4 5/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: White, Christopher, and Charlotte Crawley. 1994. The Dutch and Flemish drawings of the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press. pp.100 (illus), 100 under cat. no. 169.

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