53. Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer etching

Signed Hh excud. By Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius
11.8 x 19.4 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

Vir virtute gravis, túmque arte insignis habetur,
   Teutonicae gentis gloria summa suae.
Contulit huic Caesar insignia nobilitatis,
   Tantus honos artis, famáque tanta viri.

Translation of Inscription:

Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg
He is considered to be a man grave in virtue and famous for his skill, the greatest glory of his Teutonic1 people.  The emperor2 gave him the marks of nobility.  So great was the honour [paid] to his skill, and so great the man’s fame. 

Orenstein 1996 Frisius, no. 143; Hollstein 2008 no. 163

 Karel Van Mander’s biography of Albrecht Dürer 
 Grove Art Online biography


  1. Perhaps better to translate “German”.
  2. Can be translated as “Caesar”  Cf. note on “Emperor” on the text for 33. Jan Vermeyen.