95. Michiel Coxcie

Michiel Coxcie etching

Etching and engraving
Signed ‘Hh exc.’ by Hendrick Hondius, attributed to Simon Frisius
20.4 x 12.4 cm

Transcription of Inscription:

Coexius illustris pictor, Mechlinia cujus
   Patria, doctorum quae fuit artificum.
Hic magno pinxit.  nam Zeuxis creditur esse :
   Carus divitibus, principibúsque Viris. 

Translation of Inscription:

Michiel Coxie of Mechelen, painter
Coxie was an illustrious painter, whose fatherland was Mechelen, which was that of learned artists.1 He painted for a great price.  For he was believed to be Zeuxis,2 [and] was dear to the rich and to princely men.

Orenstein 1996, Frisius no. 142; Hollstein 2008 no.162

 Karel Van Mander’s biography of Michiel Coxie 
 Grove Art Online biography


  1. If this is obscure, one could translate “which was [the fatherland] of learned artists”.
  2. As was 119. Michael van Mierevelt.