Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art




Michiel Coxcie
95. Michiel Coxcie

Etching and engraving
Signed 'Hh exc.' by Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius
20.4 x 12.4 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

MICHAEL COEXIUS, MECHLINIENS. PICTOR.
Coexius illustris pictor, Mechlinia cujus
   Patria, doctorum quae fuit artificum.
Hic magno pinxit.  nam Zeuxis creditur esse :
   Carus divitibus, principibúsque Viris.

Translation of Inscription:

Michiel Coxie of Mechelen, painter
Coxie was an illustrious painter, whose fatherland was Mechelen, which was that of learned artists.1  He painted for a great price.  For he was believed to be Zeuxis,2 [and] was dear to the rich and to princely men.


Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 142; Hollstein 2008 no.162

Karel Van Mander's biography of Michiel Coxie
Grove Art Online biography


1.               If this is obscure, one could translate "which was [the fatherland] of learned artists".

2.               As was 119. Michael van Mierevelt.



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