Honos Alit Artes: Lozenge-shaped Panel with an Allegory of the Arts

Engraver Julius Goltzius Netherlandish
After Lambertus Scheckelius Netherlandish (?)
Publisher Adrian Huberti Netherlandish

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Design for a Coat of Arms of the Liberal Arts. The design consists of a lozenge-shaped panel, containing a coat of arms with four books and references to the liberal arts. The coat of arms is surmounted by the crowns of the Roman Emperor, the Pope (Clement VIII) and King Phillip II of Spain. The decorative frame surrounding the coat of arms also contains attributes of religious and worldly power. Two banderoles with Latin inscription explain the meaning of the print. ‘Honos Alit Artes’, placed on top, is a Ciceronian quote meaning ‘Honor to the Arts’, and the inscription in the banderole below describes how the arts are the ‘true masters’, none of them on their own a purpose in life, but together they form the proper nourishment. The print is dedicated to Dottore Levino Terrenti(o) and was printed and sold by a canon in Antwerp named Michael Bruegel.

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