Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art




Abraham Bloemaert


129 Abraham Bloemaert

Etching and engraving
Attributed to Simon Frisius

20.3 x 12.2 cm


Transcription of Inscription:

ABRAHAMUS BLOEMAERT, BATAV, PICT.
Pictor naturâ est, usus vix ille magistro :
   Arte hic egregiis nec tamen inferior.
Pinxit Aves, Naves, Homines, Herbásque Ferásque,
   Et laetos Flores FLORIDUS innumeros.

Translation of Inscription:

Abraham Bloemaert the Dutchman, Painter

He was a painter by nature: having hardly used a master, he1 was yet not inferior to those outstanding in skill.  He painted birds, ships, men, and grass and wild beasts, and, being Florid,2 countless joyful flowers.


Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 139; Hollstein 2008 no.159
Karel Van Mander's biography of Abraham Bloemaert
Grove Art Online biography

1.      I have translated both “ille in line 1 and “hic” in line 2 as “he”, as they clearly both refer to Bloemaert.  But the use of both pronouns so close together to indicate the same person makes the Latin awkward and confusing.

2.      This is a pun on Bloemaert’s name.



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