Het Schilder-Boeck

Het Leven der oude antijcke doorluchtighe Schilders (The Lives of the Ancient Painters)
Het Leven der Moderne oft dees-tijtsche doorluchtighe Italiaensche Schilders (Lives of Famous Contemporary Italian Painters)
Het Leven der doorluchtighe Nederlandtsche en hooghduytsche Schilders (Lives of Famous Netherlandish and High German Painters)
Pictorum aliquot celebriun præcipué Germaniæ inferioris, effigies

Author Karel van Mander (Netherlandish, 1548–1606), Author Dominicus Lampsonius (Netherlandish, 1532–1599), Engraver Jacob Matham (Netherlandish, 1571–1631), Engraver Jan Saenredam (Dutch, 1565–1607), After Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617), Engraver Hendrik Hondius, the Elder (Dutch, 1573–1650), Engraver Simon Wynouts Frisius (Netherlandish, about 1580–1629), Engraver Robert Willemsz de Baudous (Netherlandish, about 1575–about 1644), Engraver Andries Jacobsz Stock (Netherlandish, about 1580?–after 1648), Publisher Paschier van Wesbusch (Dutch, 17th century)

Place of Publication: Haarlem, Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

New Hollstein, Hondius, nos. 80-115


Overall (Vol. I): 21 x 16.7 x 5.8 cm (8 1/4 x 6 9/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with engraved title, author portrait; extra-illustrated with 95 engravings, 52 woodcuts, and 40 drawings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Haarlem: Paschier van Wesbusch, 1604) Octavo; 212 leaves [vol. I], 110 leaves [vol. II], extra-illustrated with prints and drawings on 187 leaves; contemporary blind-stamped vellum, white phase boxes.

Allegorical engraved title page, author portrait, and numerous portraits of Italian and Netherlandish artists

Haarlem: Paschier van Wesbusch, 1604


Coll.: Richard Heber (1773-1833, with inscription as to his purchase from [Hope?] for £5.12.6); Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rosebery and Midlothian (1847-1929); Ars Libri, Ltd., Boston (their cat. 106, no. 40), from whom purchased by MFA, March 17, 1996.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund