13. Dirck Bouts

Dirck Bouts engraving

Attributed to Hendrick Hondius
Copy in reverse direction to Cock 1572 engraved Pictorum
19.2 x 11.8 cm

Transcription of Inscription [Lampsonius]:

Huc et ades, Theodore, tuam quoque Belgica semper
Laude nihil ficta tollet ad astra manum,
Ipsa tuis rerum genitrice expressa figuris
Te Natura sibi dum timet arte parem

Translation of Inscription [Lampsonius]:

To Dirck Bouts, painter 
You are here too, Theodore.  Belgium shall always also raise your hand to the stars with no false praise, while Nature, expressed by your figures, fears you, equal to her in the art of begetting things. 1

Hollstein 1994 no. 84

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  1. I am taking “rerum genetrice” as qualifying “arte” in the next line.  This is awkward, but I cannot see a better solution.