Lucas van Leyden (The 1572 Pictorum)

Lucas van Leyden engraving

Attributed to Johannes Wierix, 1572. 

Transcription of Inscription [Lampsonius]:
        Tu quoque Durero non par, sed proxime, Luca,
        Seu tabulas pingis, seu formas sculpis ahenas,
        Ectypa reddentes tenui miranda papyro,
        Haud minimam in partem (si qua est ea gloria) nostrae
        Accede, et tecum natalis Leida, Camoenae. 
                                                       D. Lampsonius.

Translation of Inscription:
To Lucas van Leyden, painter 1
You too, not equal, but nearest to Dürer, whether you be painting pictures, or sculpting bronze forms which provide marvellous plates for the thin paper, take (if there is any glory in this)2 a place – not the least important – in our Muse’s work,3 along with your native Leyden.
D. Lampsonius


  1. In the 1610 Pictorum described as painter “et sculptori” and sculptor. See Lucas van Leyden’s 1610 portrait.
  2. si qua est ea gloria”: quoted from Virgil, Aeneid 7.4.
  3. Literally “in our Muse”.   Cf. The text on 9. Hubert van Eyck, “Thalia nostra”.