79. Anthonis Mor

Anthonis Mor etching

Signed ‘Hh’ by Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius
21 x 12.2 cm

Transcription of Inscription:
Quaestus, nomen, honos, si munera magna petenda :
   Voto respondent omnia, More, tuo.
Te coluit Caesar, tum magnus Caesaris haeres.
  Multum his principibus te placuisse viris.

Translation of Inscription:
Anthonis Mor, Painter of Utrecht
Wealth, fame, honour (if great offices are to be sought) – everything answered to your wishes, Mor.1
The emperor honoured you, and the great successor of the emperor.2
It is much for you to have pleased these princely men.

Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 151; Hollstein 2008 no. 171

 Karel Van Mander’s biography of Anthony Mor
 Grove Art Online biography 



  1. The same motives for art are emphasised in Van Mander’s biography of Mor. As Hessel Miedema points out in his edition of Van Mander’s Schilder-Boeck, they implicitly characterise Mor as lacking in love of art itself, which was regarded as the highest motive.
  2. “The emperor … the emperor”.  Or “Caesar …Caesar”.  Cf. note on “Emperor” on the text for 33. Jan Vermeyen. The Emperor in this case is Charles V – and his successor: Philip II.