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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.]

Exhibition History
The Power of Appearances: Renaissance and Reformation Portrait Prints and Medals, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover; The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, 2000-2001.
Bartsch 161.
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
Strauss 1977, 316.
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. Rotterdam: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996-: no. 209, i/ii.
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