Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Joos van Cleve

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39. Joos van Cleve

Signed 'Hh' by Hendrick Hondius
Copy in reverse direction to Cock 1572 engraved Pictorum
19.3 x 12.1 cm

Transcription of Inscription [Lampsonius]:

Nostra nec artifices inter te Musa silebit
     Belgas, picturae non leve, Iuste, decus.
Quam propria, nati tam felix arte fuisses ;
     Mansisset sanum si misero cerebrum.

Translation of Inscription [Lampsonius]:

To Joos van Cleve of Antwerp, painter.
Our muse shall not keep silent about you, among the Belgian artists, Joos, [you who are ] no trivial glory of painting.  You would have been as happy in your son’s art as in your own, if only the wretch’s brain had remained healthy.

Hollstein 1994 no. 97

Karel Van Mander's biography of Joos van Cleve
Grove Art Online biography