119. Michael van Mierevelt

Michael van Mierevelt etching

Etching and engraving
Signed ‘Hh’ by Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius

20.2 x 12.4 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

Pingendo ad vivum quo non praestantior alter :
   Delphicus hinc Zeuxis dicitur esse novus.
Principibus magnis fuit invitatus: at ipsum
   Ante alias urbes patria culta tenet.  

Translation of Inscription:

Michael van Mierevelt of Delft, painter

No one was more eminent in painting in lifelike manner.1Therefore the man of Delft was said to be the new Zeuxis.2 He was invited by great princes: but his honored fatherland held him more than other cities.

Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 149; Hollstein 2008 no.169

 Karel Van Mander’s biography of Michael van Mierevelt 
 Grove Art Online biography


  1. Or “from life”? See note on text for 87. Crispijn van den Broeck.
  2. As was 95. Michiel Coxie.