73. Hubert Goltzius

Hubert Goltzius engraving

(After Philip Galle’s engraving after Anthonis Mor.)
Engraving by Robert de Baudous (Orenstein 1996, 39)
Signed ‘Hh exc.’ by Hendrick Hondius
20.5 x 12.4 cm (irregular plate)

Transcription of Inscription:
Ut gemma in nitido fulget praestantior auro
   Chalcographus nitidus, clarus et Historicus:
Et Sculptor, Pictor : Romana Nomismata1, Fasti
Romanum civem quem voluere suum.

Translation of Inscription:
Hubert Goltzius of Venlo, painter 
As a gem gleams more prominently in shining gold, [so] the shining bronze-engraver was also a famous historian, and a sculptor and painter, whom Roman coins and calendars wanted as their own Roman citizen.2

Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 145; Hollstein 2008 no. 165

 Karel Van Mander’s biography of Hubert Goltzius
 Grove Art Online biography 


  1. Sic.
  2. The author is apparently attempting to say that Goltzius knew enough about Roman coins and calendars to be a citizen of ancient Rome.