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”).Return to note reference
  2. “dum vita manebat”.  The expression is from Virgil, Aeneid 5.722, 6.608, 6.660.Return to note reference
  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.Return to note reference