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lower center, in plate, in image, engraved series title: PATIENTIÆ TRIVMPHUS / ELEGANTISSIMIS IMAGINIBUS EXPRESSUS. (The triump of Patience / Portrayed in most elegant images.); lower left, in plate, in image: MHeemskerck inventor. (MH interlaced); lower right, in plate, in image: Ioan Galle excud.; in upper zone, names of personifications engraved in plate: SPES, DESIDERIUM, PATIENTIA, and FORTUNA (Hope, Desire, Patience, and Fortune); lower right, in plate, numbered in image: 1; below image, in plate: Ac velut angustas rosa candida pullulat inter / Spinas, nec premitur: fiorent & lilia Vere: / Sic iam magnifico vehitur PATIENTIA curru, / Cui FORTVNA potens, fractis concessit honorem / Viribus, & vinclis sequitur constricta, pudore: / Hunc SPES alma trahit, volucri STVDIO comitata. (And just as a white rose burgeons among the dense thickets of thorns and is not shouldered aside by them, and as the lilies bloom in the spring, so Patience now rides forth on a splendid car. Mighty Fortune, whose powers are not broken, has had to yield honor to her and follows, shamed, in chains. Sweet Hope draws the car, accompanied by winged Desire. [translation from Veldman, Ilja. "Dirck Volkertsz. Coornhert and Heemskerck's allegories." In Maarten van Heemskerck and Dutch humanism in the sixteenth century, p.62. Maarssen: Gary Schwartz, 1977.]); lower left, in graphite by a later hand: Maarten van Heemskerck. 8 plates. Hollstein, VIII, nos. 120-127 II, p.240 also Hollstein, IV, nos 151-158, p.230; lower left, in graphite by a later hand: W53418 / DKM

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(Craddock and Barnard, London); purchased by NGA, 1974.

Associated Names

Craddock and Barnard

Exhibition History

Through a Glass Darkly: Allegory & Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2019, no. 15, repro.


Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. German engravings, etchings and woodcuts ca. 1400-1700. 8 vols. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1954-1868. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Vols. I-XV, XVIII, XIX. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, [1949], no. 151, State ii/ii.
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. Maarten van Heemskerck. Parts I and II. Compiled by Ilja M. Veldman and edited by Ger Luijten. Roosendaal: Koninklijke van Poll, 1993.

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