77. Hans Bol

Hans Bol engraving

Engraving by Andries Jacobsz. Stock (Orenstein 1996, 267)
Signed ‘Hh form.’ by Hendrick Hondius
20.7 x 12.1 cm

Transcription of Inscription:
Pictorum sedes dedit hunc Mechlinia Bollum,
Arte, nitore urbes quae superat reliquas.
Rura, lacus aqueo quamvis sint ducta colore ;

   Non tamen haec abeunt more fluentis aquae.

Translation of Inscription:
Hans Bol of Mechelen, painter

The home of painters, Mechelen, which outdoes other cities in skill and splendour, gave this Bol. 
Although fields and lakes are traced in watery colour, still they do not depart like flowing water.1

Orenstein 1996, Stock no. 267
Karel Van Mander’s biography of Hans Bol
Grove Art Online biography 


  1. “more fluentis aquae”.  The expression is from Ovid, Ars amatoria3.61Return to note reference