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The Industrious Student (c. 1740)
This depiction of an industrious student is accompanied by the following caption: “The industrious student who knows how to spend his time and money usefully is rightly called a son of the Muses and a worthy student, for academia is not fooled by appearances, and true wisdom alone shall be crowned with glory.” Not even the devil tugging at his sleeve is able to lure this student away from his books. Copperplate engraving, unknown artist, c. 1740.