WERCK-MEESTER (n. m.)

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Want d’onkonstighe werck-Meesters en laeten sich niet alleen selver voorstaen, dat de voornaemste vermaeckelickheyd ofte kracht haerer wercken in een opghesmuckte sachtigheyd of grove hardigheyd bestaet; Maer d’onervaerene beschouwers houden ’t insghelijcks daer voor, dat d’aller Konst-ledighste wercken d’aller kraghtighste sijn;

[Suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] Since the artless work-Masters [NDR: artisans] do not only boast, that the main amusement or power of their works consists of a gaudy softness or coarse hardness; But the inexperienced spectators also believe, that the works that are most void of Art are the most powerful;

Junius discusses what causes enjoyment (‘vermakelijkheid’) in the beholder of art. He complains that bad artisans (intently not calling them artists) pride themselves on works that are actually void of artistic value. Junius names two examples of bad art: works that display exaggerated softness (‘zachtheid’) or instead coarse hardness (‘hardheid’). This section is formulated quite differently in the Latin and English edition. The selected Dutch terms have no Latin or English counterparts. [MO]

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L’ARTISTE → qualités