Etching and engraving
Attributed to Simon Frisius
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.
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
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.