Engraved by Hendrick Hondius (Orenstein 1996)
Signed by 'Hh exc.' by Hendrick Hondius
BARTHOLOMÆUS SPRANGERUS, PICT. ANTWERPIANUS.
Hic ille est vivos qui ducit imagine vultus.
Fama viri hinc vivit, gloria parta viget.
Arte placet magnus. Magnum quid, posse placere
Sacrorum Regi Caesaribusque simul.
Translation of Inscription:
Bartholomew Spranger, painter of Antwerp
This is the one who traces living faces1 in his pictures. Because of this, the man’s fame lives on, the glory he gained thrives. By his skill the great man pleased. It is a great thing to be able to please at once the king of the holy rites,2 and the emperors.3
Hollstein 1994 no.112
Karel Van Mander's biography of Bartholomew Spranger
Grove Art Online biography
3. Or “Caesars”. Cf. note on “Emperor” on the text for 33. Jan Vermeyen.