Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art




Hubert Goltzius
73. Hubert Goltzius1

Engraving by Robert de Baudous (Orenstein 1996, 39)
Signed 'Hh exc.' by Hendrick Hondius
20.5 x 12.4 cm (irregular plate)


Transcription of Inscription:

HUBERTUS GOLTZIUS, VENLON. PICTOR
Ut gemma in nitido fulget praestantior auro
   Chalcographus nitidus, clarus et Historicus:
Et Sculptor, Pictor : Romana Nomismata2, Fasti
Romanum civem quem voluere suum.

Translation of Inscription:

Hubert Goltzius of Venlo, painter
As a gem gleams more prominently in shining gold, [so] the shining bronze-engraver was also a famous historian, and a sculptor and painter, whom Roman coins and calendars wanted as their own Roman citizen.3


Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 145; Hollstein 2008 no. 165

Karel Van Mander's biography of Hubert Goltzius
Grove Art Online biography


1.      After Philip Galle's engraving after Anthonis Mor.
2.      Sic.

3.      The author is apparently attempting to say that Goltzius knew enough about Roman coins and calendars to be a citizen of ancient Rome.



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