Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art




Paul Bril


123. Paul Bril

Engraved by Hendrick Hondius (Orenstein 1996)
Signed 'Hh fecit. Cum privil.' by Hendrick Hondius
20.7 x 12.3 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

PAULUS BRILLIUS, ANTVERP.

Castella et silvas, sata laeta, boúmque labores,
    Et montes pictor Brillius exhibuit.
Gratior iccirco sacro qui verticae1 primus,
    Pontifici, et claris2 murice qui Tyrio.

Translation of Inscription:

Paul Bril of Antwerp

Brill the painter showed fortresses and woods, joyous crops and the work of oxen,3 and mountains.  Therefore he was the more pleasing to the one who is first on the holy summit (the Pontiff), and to the one who is illustrious4 in Tyrian purple.5



Hollstein 1994 no.113
Karel Van Mander's biography of Paul Bril
Grove Art Online biography


1.     Presumably for "vertice".

2.     Sic.

3.     “sata laeta boumque laborum” is from Virgil, Georgics 1.325.

4.     I am reading “clarus” for “claris”.  

5.     Purple is Tyrian from Homer onwards, because it was made in Phoenicia.  The reference is presumably to members of some royal family.   “et ... Tyrio” is scarcely comprehensible, even after my emendation.



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