Adspectus Incauti Dispendium
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Adspectus Incauti Dispendium (1601, The cost of careless looking) is a woodblock page from the Veridicus Christianus. The woodblock depicts "a house in the shape of a head, with a skeleton climbing up a ladder through a window, and is accompanied by captions in Latin, Flemish and French."
The Latin inscription, which also serves as a chapter heading, reads ‘Quid, qui emissitios nusquam non iactat ocellos? / Hoc agit, vt pandas mors inuolet atra fenestras.’. The French caption reads ‘Qui laisse s’esbatre / Sa veue folatre / Quel malheur l’attend? / La mort aeternelle / Par ces trous eschelle / L’ame, et la surprend.’
The plate is discussed in Vanities of the Eye: Vision in Early Modern European Culture by Stuart Clark, who notes that Eve, Dinah and Bathsheba are depicted in the background.