67. Maarten van Heemskerk

Maarten van Heemskerk etching

Signed ‘Hh ex.’ by Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius
19.7 x 12.3 cm

Transcription of Inscription:
Quae regio, Hemskerki Batavi non plena laboris?
     Tot pinxit, finxit qui ingenio tabulas.
Urbes admirans, turres, tristeśque ruinas,
     Dices Daedaleas composuisse manus.

Translation of Inscription:
Maarten van Heemskerck of Haarlem
What region is not full of the labour of Maarten the Dutchman,1 who painted and made so many pictures with his genius?2 Admiring cities, towers, and sad ruins, you will say that the hands of Daedalus made them. 

Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 146; Hollstein 2008 no. 166

Karel Van Mander’s biography of Maarten van Heemskerck 
Grove Art Online biography


  1. Imitated from Virgil, Aeneid 1.460, “quae regio in terris nostri non plena laboris?”
  2. Cf. note on for the text on 61. Jacob Binck.