129 Abraham Bloemaert

Abraham Bloemaert etching and engraving

Etching and engraving
Attributed to Simon Frisius

20.3 x 12.2 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

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, he1was 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.Return to note reference
  2. This is a pun on Bloemaert’s name.Return to note reference