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Theatrum Vitam, virtutes, miracula Rmi. P. Gabrielis Maria Ord. Minorum Reg. Obs. III. ... B. Joannæ de Francia P. Spiritualis, et cum ipsa Ord. Annuntiataru. Institutoris per XXIV scenas repræsentans ... Theatre Remonstrant en XXIV scenes la vie, vertus, et miracles du Rme. P. Gabriel Maria ... Rme Patri P. Petro Marchant ... haec ... L.M.D.D.C.Q.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Théatre Remonstrant en XXIV scènes la vie


[Antwerp?]: Io: Bap: Barbé sculpsit et excud. Cum privilegio.

Physical Description

T.pl., port., 24 pl.; 98 mm.

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed as drawn by Abraham van Diepenbeeck and engraved and printed by Io. Bap. Barbé.


A survey of devotional images was A. Spamer, Das kleine Andachtsbild vom XIV. bis zum XX. Jahrhundert (1930).

Summary Note

The title-plate is printed in Latin and French. It is followed by a portrait of Gabriel Maria and 24 numbered plates showing incidents in his life, each with engraved explanatory caption.


The front pastedown carries an 18th-century bookplate, of 'CP' (or 'PC'?). Recorded in Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Copy Note

Imperfect; lacking pl. XI, XII.

Binding Note

Contemporary vellum; spine lettered 'Vita St Norberti'. Bound with: Vita S. Norberti (1622) and Icones Sanctae Clarae (n.d.).

Name as Subject


Religious communities - Europe - History - 16th century
Christian art and symbolism - Saints - Iconography
Biography - Devotional images - Narrative art - 17th century
Pictorial works - 17th century


Abraham van Diepenbeeck, illustrator, draughtsman
Jean Baptiste Barbé, engraver, publisher
Petrus Marchant, dedicatee