Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art




Joachim Beuckelaer




65. Joachim Beuckelaer

Etching
Signed 'Hh exc.' by Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius
19.5 x 12.2 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

IOACHIMUS BUECKELAER, ANTVERP. PICTOR
Hic tenui pinxit pretio dum vita manebat :
   Ast Tabulis pictis gloria non tenuis.
Cujus post mortem colimus tabulasque culinas.1
   Nec mirum.  multis docta culina placet

Translation of Inscription:

Joachim Beuckelaer of Antwerp, painter
This man painted for a meagre reward, while life remained [to him].2   But his pictures have no meagre glory, whose paintings and kitchens3 we honour after his death.  Nor is this surprising.   A learned kitchen pleases many.


Orenstein 1996 no. 140; Hollstein 2008 no. 160

Karel Van Mander's biography of Joachim Beuckelaer
Grove Art Online biography



1.      In fact, for “que” we have “q.” with a vertical straight line over it (could conceivably be “qui”).

2.      “dum vita manebat”.  The expression is from Virgil, Aeneid 5.722, 6.608, 6.660.

3.      “tabulasque culinas”: literally the solecism “whose and paintings kitchens we honour”.  Cf. note on “new and varied” in 5. Poem to the Lovers and Admirers of Pictures.



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