Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Jan van Scorel

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41. Jan van Scorel

Engraving, second state
Attributed to Hendrick Hondius
Copy in reverse direction to Cock 1572 engraved Pictorum

19.5 x 12.7 cm

Transcription of Inscription [Lampsonius]:

Primus ego egregios pictura invisere Romam
Exemplo docuisse meo per secula Belgas
Cuncta ferar ; neque enim iusti dignandus honore
Artificis, qui non graphidas, pigmentaque mille
Consumpsit, tabulasque schola depinxit illa1

Translation of Inscription [Lampsonius]:

Jan van Scorel, Dutch painter.
Through all centuries I shall be said to have been the first to have taught by my example the excellent Belgians to be envious of Rome in painting.  For he is not worthy of the honour of a true artist, who does not use up a thousand pencils and pigments, and paint pictures in that school.2 

Hollstein 1994 no.98

Karel Van Mander's biography of Jan van Scorel
Grove Art Online biography

1. sic.  See note 2.

2.      This line is unmetrical in the Latin, because Hondius has omitted Lampsonius’ “in” before “illa”.  I translate according to Lampsonius.