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Inscription

in image, in oval frame around portrait: IOANNES BOLLIVS MECHLINIENSI PICTOR. AET. LVIII. Ao M.D.XCIII; in image, in cartouche below portrait: Caelatam Vitrici effigiem Francisce tuêre, / Virtutem spectato magis, vitamqué probatum, / Pictricem admirâre manum, qua florida Tempe, / Et nemus Alcinoi penicillo aequavit amaenum. / Dedicat hanc grato tibi pectore Goltzius, at tu / Pignus amicitiae laeta cape mente, manuque. (Frans, regard the engraved portrait of your stepfather. Look rather at his virtue and his good life. Men admired the hand of the painter with which he rivalled the flowering Vale of Tempe and Alcinous's delightful forest with his brush. Goltzius gratefully dedicates this portrait to you; will you accept this token of our friendship gladly and with cheerful hand.); in image, at bottom left: HG.

[Latin translation from Leeflang, Huigen, and Ger Luijten. _Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617): Drawings, Prints and Paintings._ Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, 2003, p. 162.]

Provenance

(Paul McCarron, New York); Ruth Kainen [1922-2009], Washington, D.C. (Lugt 4739), purchased August 24, 1989; Gift to NGA, 2012.

Exhibition History
2013
Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection, NGA, 2013 - 2014.
Bibliography
1921
Hirschmann, Otto. Verzeichnis des graphischen Werks von Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) mit Benutzung der durch E.W. Moest hinterlassenen Notizen zusammengestellt. Leipzig: Verlag von Klinkhardt und Biermann, 1921. Reprint. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt &Bie; no. 177, i/ii
1993
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. (Hendrick Goltzius, Marjolein Leesburg, author). Rotterdam: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996-, no. 209, i, i/ii
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