Signed 'Hh ex.' by Hendrick Hondius
Copy in reverse direction to Cock 1572 engraved Pictorum
20.7 x 11.9 cm
Transcription of Inscription [Lampsonius]:
IOANNES AB EYCK, PICTOR.
Ille ego, qui laetos oleo de semine lini
Expresso docui princeps miscere colores,
Huberto cum fratre novum stupuere repertum,
Atque ipsi ignotum quondam fortassis Apelli,
Florentes opibus Brugae mox nostra per omnem
Diffundi late probitas non abnuit orbem.
Translation of Inscription [Lampsonius]:
Jan van Eyck, painter
I am he who1 first taught to mix joyful colours from the pressed oily seed of flax,2 with my brother Hubert. Bruges, flourishing with wealth, was astounded by this new discovery, perhaps unknown in the past to Apelles himself. Soon afterwards our uprightness3 did not refuse to be spread widely through the whole world.
2. “oleo de semine lini”: the same expression in the poem for Cornelis Engebrechtsz.