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lower left, in image, in plate: Cum Privil. Sa. Cae. M. / Anno 1597. / HG; bottom center, in the cartouche below the dog, in plate: Theodorico Frisio Pictori egregio / apud Venetos amicitiae et filii absentis / repraesentandi gratia dono do. (I dedicate this work to the outstanding painter Dirck de Vries in Venice and present to him his absent son.); in margin below image, in plate: Quid tabula haec capiat, fors non capis: en tibi paucis / Mentem. Simplicitas quaerit amatque fidem. / Fida canis, simplexque puer, quos Goltzius apto / Vivere Phidiaca fecit in aere manu. / P. Scriverius (Perchance you do not understand what this print means. Here is the meaning in a few words. Simplicity seeks and loves fidelity. The faithful dog and the simple boy, whom Goltzius has brought to life in copper with a skillful hand, like that of Phidias. Petrus Scriverius)

[translations from Leeflang, Huigen, and Ger Luijten. _Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617): Drawings, Prints and Paintings._ Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, 2003, p. 163.]

Exhibition History
2000
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.
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
1993
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. Rotterdam: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996-: no. 256, i/ii.
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