131. Gerrit Pietersz

Gerrit Pietersz etching

Signed ‘Hh.’ by Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius
20.1 x 12 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

Pictorum nulli Picturae cessit amore : 
     Tractavit tanto peniculum Studio.
Dicere qui solitus, Non tanti ducere Sceptrum
     Se Hesperium, quanti Peniculum faceret.

Translation of Inscription:

Gerard Pietersz. of Amsterdam, painter 131
He yielded to no painter in his love of painting, with such great zeal did he use the paintbrush, he who was accustomed to say that he did not value the Hesperian sceptre1 as much as the paintbrush.

Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 153; Hollstein 2008 no.173

mentioned in Karel Van Mander’s life of Cornelis Cornelisz. Van Haarlem
Grove Art Online biography


  1. i.e. rule over the Western world.Return to note reference