Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Karel van Mander
105. Karel van Mander

Engraving by Andries Jacobsz. Stock (Orenstein 1996, 269)
Signed 'Hh. formis' by Hendrick Hondius

20.4 x 12.2 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

Peniculo vivunt Pictores ingeniosi,
   Et vivunt calamo, Carole docte, tuo.
Pictor, Pictorum Censor tu candidus idem.
   Pulcrum est Artificis pingere judicio.

Translation of Inscription:

Karel van Mander, Painter and Poet
Ingenious picturers live by their brush, and they live, learned Karel, by your pen.  You are at the same time a painter and the candid censor of painters.1 It is a fine thing to paint for the judgment of an artist.

Orenstein 1996, Stock no. 269
Karel Van Mander's Het Schilder-boeck
Grove Art Online biography

1.      "pictorum censor" - see the note on this expression in 5. Poem to the Lovers and Admirers of Pictures.   

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