65. Joachim Beuckelaer

Joachim Beuckelaer etching

Signed ‘Hh exc.’ by Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius
19.5 x 12.2 cm

Transcription of Inscription:
Hic tenui pinxit pretio dum vita manebat :
   Ast Tabulis pictis gloria non tenuis.
Cujus post mortem colimus tabulasque culinas.1
   Nec mirum.  multis docta culina placet.  

Translation of Inscription:
Joachim Beuckelaer of Antwerp, painter 
This man painted for a meagre reward, while life remained [to him].2 But his pictures have no meagre glory, whose paintings and kitchens3 we honour after his death.  Nor is this surprising. A learned kitchen pleases many. 

Orenstein 1996 no. 140; Hollstein 2008 no. 160

Karel Van Mander’s biography of Joachim Beuckelaer 
Grove Art Online biography 


  1. In fact, for “que” we have “q.” with a vertical straight line over it (could conceivably be “qui”).
  2. “dum vita manebat”.  The expression is from Virgil, Aeneid 5.722, 6.608, 6.660.
  3. “tabulasque culinas”: literally the solecism “whose and paintings kitchens we honour”. Cf. note on “new and varied” in Poem to the Lovers and Admirers of Pictures.