Picturing the Netherlandish Canon, The Courtauld Institute of Art





145
POST FUNERA VITA: AFTER BURIAL, LIFE

Engraved by Hendrick Hondius (Orenstein 1996)
Signed Hh.f. by Hendrick Hondius
21.5 x 13.7 cm
Monograms of deceased artists on pyramids: AD [Albrecht Dürer]; L [Lucas van Leyden]; D [?]; MVH [Maarten van Heemskerk]; AG [Heinrich Aldegrever]; HS [Hans Schäufelein]

On the fictive paper:
Transcription:

POST FUNERA VITA
Pallida Mors omnes petit.  huic parere necesse est.
     Non Color hic ullus, non juvat ullus Honos.
Qui bene vixerunt, horum est POST FUNERA VITA :
     Qui bene pinxerunt vivere Morte puta.
Ad vivum pictis tabulas nova vita paratur.
     Post mortem ut possit vivere quisque parent.

Translation:

Pale death1 attacks all.  We have to obey it.  No colour or honour is of any help here.  For those who have lived well, there is life after burial. [As for] those who have painted well, consider that they live in death.  A new life is set out in lifelike paintings2: let each set out to be able to live after death.

1.     “pallida mors”: the phrase is from Horace, Odes 1.4.13.

2.    Reading "tabulis" for "tabula".



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