HOOFDSTUK (n.)

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Soo namen dan d’oude Meesters dese vijf hoofd-stucken in haere Schilderyen op ’t aller nauste waer. I. Den Historischen inhoud, die veeltijds d’Inventie ofte oock ’t argument ghenaemt wordt. II. De ghelijck-maetigheyd, diemen doorgaens henen de Proportie, symmetrie, analogie, en harmonie noemt. III. De verwe ofte ’t Coleur; en daer in plaghten sy ’t licht en schaduwe, als oock ’t schijnsel en duysternisse naukeurighlick t’ onderscheyden. IV. Het leven; ’t welck in d’Actie en Passie bestaet, ofte (om duydelicker te spreken) in de bequame afbeeldinghe der eyghenschappen die men in de onroerende dingen verneemt, als oock in de levendighe uytdruckinghe der beweghinghen diemen in de roerende dinghen speurt, wanneer deselvighe yet merckelicks doen of lijden. V. De schickinghe, die men ghemeynlick de Dispositie ofte Ordinantie plaght te heeten.

[Suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] As such the old Masters observed these five chief principles very closely in their Paintings. I. The Historical content, that is often called the Invention or also the argument. II. The uniformity, which one commonly calls the Proportion, symmetry, analogy and harmony. III. The colour or the colouring; and in this they tend to carefully distinguish the light and shadow, as well as the sheen and darkness. IV. The life; which exists in the Action and Passion, or (to speak more clearly) in the skilled depiction of the characteristics that one discerns in the unmovable things, as well as in the lively expression of the movements that one perceives in the movable things, when these do or suffer something considerable. V. The arrangement, that one commonly tends to call the Disposition or Ordinance.

term translated by CAPUT in JUNIUS, Franciscus, De pictura veterum libri tres, Amsterdam, Joannes Blaeu, 1637., p. 130
term translated by PRINCIPAL POINT in JUNIUS, Franciscus, The Painting of the Ancients, in Three Bookes : declaring by Historicall Observations and Examples, the Beginning, Progresse, and Consummation of that most Noble Art. And how those Ancient Artificers attained to their still so much admired Excellencie. Written first in latine by Franciscus Junius, F. F. And now by him englished, with some Additions and Alterations, trad. par JUNIUS, Franciscus, London, Richard Hodgkinsonne, 1638., p. 221

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De vier eerste hoofd-stucken wierden so wel in d’enckele Schilderye van een figure waer ghenomen, als in de veelvoudighe Schilderye die uyt vele figuren bestond; De Dispositie daerenteghen plaght allermeest in de veelvoudighe Schilderyen plaets te hebben; aenghesien veele ende verscheydene figuren die hobbel tobbel in een stuck achtelooslick opghehoopt worden, anders niet en schijnen te wesen dan een donckere doode verwarringhe van ettelicke qualick over-een-stemmende dingen die licht noch leven in sich hebben, tot datse door de schickingh-Konst in haere rechte plaetse bequaemelick ende ordentelick ghestelt sijn.

[Suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] The first four chief principles are seen in both the single Painting of one figure and in the multiple Painting that consists of many figures; The Disposition on the other hand tends to take place the most in the multiple Paintings; seen that many and different figures that are thoughtlessly piled up messily in a piece, appear to be nothing but a dark dead confusion of several poorly equivalent things that have light nor life in them, until they have been placed competently and properly in their right place by means of the Art of arrangement.

term translated by / in JUNIUS, Franciscus, De pictura veterum libri tres, Amsterdam, Joannes Blaeu, 1637., p. 130 in JUNIUS, Franciscus, The Painting of the Ancients, in Three Bookes : declaring by Historicall Observations and Examples, the Beginning, Progresse, and Consummation of that most Noble Art. And how those Ancient Artificers attained to their still so much admired Excellencie. Written first in latine by Franciscus Junius, F. F. And now by him englished, with some Additions and Alterations, trad. par JUNIUS, Franciscus, London, Richard Hodgkinsonne, 1638., p. 222
term translated by / in JUNIUS, Franciscus, De pictura veterum libri tres, Amsterdam, Joannes Blaeu, 1637., p. 130 in JUNIUS, Franciscus, The Painting of the Ancients, in Three Bookes : declaring by Historicall Observations and Examples, the Beginning, Progresse, and Consummation of that most Noble Art. And how those Ancient Artificers attained to their still so much admired Excellencie. Written first in latine by Franciscus Junius, F. F. And now by him englished, with some Additions and Alterations, trad. par JUNIUS, Franciscus, London, Richard Hodgkinsonne, 1638., p. 222

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De opperste volmaecktheyd der Schilderyen is voornaemelick daer in gheleghen, dat dese vijf hoofd-stucken malckander in ’t werck soo vriendelick ontmoeten en soo wel met malckander over een draghen, datse door haeren onderlinghen eendraght een sekere soort van aenghenaemheyd ofte welstandigheyd (die ghemeynlick de Gratie ende Bevalligheydt der Schilderyen ghenaemt wordt) ’t saementlick uytstorten: Soo en is oock dese Gratie in haeren eyghen aerd anders niet, dan een soete en gantsch vriendelicke over een stemmige van allerley volmaecktheden in een stuck wercks op een ghehoopt: Het is de beste versaemelingh van d’aller beste dinghen. […] Ghemerckt dan dat de gheestigheyd der Inventie ons ghemoed soetelick plaght te verlocken, dat de nettigheyd der Proportie onse ooghen vaerdighlick plaght tot sich te trecken, dat de bequaemheyd der verwen onse fantasie door een aenghenaem bedrogh seldsaemlick plaght te beguychelen, dat de levendigheyd des Roersels onse ziele kraghtiglick plaght te verrucken dat de ordentelickheyd der schickinghe onse sinnen op een gantsch wonderbaerlicke wijse plaght te belesen; hoe en sal doch die Schilderye gheen sonderlinghe kracht in onse herten uytstorten, daer in sich alle dese hoofd-stucken eensaementlick laeten vinden:

[Suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] The highest perfection of the paintings lies foremost therein, that these five chief principles meet eachother so pleasantly in the work and coincide so well with eachother, that they extent a certain kind of agreeability or convenance (which are commonly called the Grace and the Charm [NDR: both would be translated as Grace in English] of the paintings): As such this Grace is nothing else in nature, than a sweet and rather friendly harmony of all sorts of perfections combined in one piece of work: It is the best collection of the very best things (…) Seen that the spirit of the Invention tends to sweetly seduce our mind, that neatnes of the Proportion tends to capably pull our eyes towards it, that the adequate use of colours tends to confuse our fantasy extraordinarily by a pleasant deceit, that the liveliness of the mouvement tends to enchant our soul powerfully, that the order of the composition tends to instruct our senses in a rather miraculous way; how than can the Painting not spread a remarkable power in our hearts, in which all these principles can be found together:

While moving towards the conclusion of the third Book, Junius explains that the perfection (volmaaktheid) of an art work lies in the agreement (overeenstemming) of the five chief principles (hoofdstuk), as described in the previous chapters. He uses different terms for this perfection: aangenaamheid (agreeability), propriety (welstand), grace (gratie), charm (bevalligheid). He goes on to list the most perfect state of the different principles: spirit (geestigheid) of invention, neatness (netheid) of proportion, an adequate use (bekwaamheid) of colours, liveliness (levendigheid) of the movements and order (ordentelijkheid) in the composition. [MO]

term translated by CAPUT in JUNIUS, Franciscus, De pictura veterum libri tres, Amsterdam, Joannes Blaeu, 1637., p. 197
term translated by HEAD in JUNIUS, Franciscus, The Painting of the Ancients, in Three Bookes : declaring by Historicall Observations and Examples, the Beginning, Progresse, and Consummation of that most Noble Art. And how those Ancient Artificers attained to their still so much admired Excellencie. Written first in latine by Franciscus Junius, F. F. And now by him englished, with some Additions and Alterations, trad. par JUNIUS, Franciscus, London, Richard Hodgkinsonne, 1638., p. 321-322

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Van de Stelling der Beelden volgens de Natuurlijke en toevallige stand der beweging in allerhande Doening.
Laat ons van de Tronie-stelling in ’t bysonder tot een ander voornaam en algemeen Deel der Mensch-kunde over gaan; Namelijk tot de Teykenkonstige stelling van de bewegende Stand der Werkende Mensch-beelden; En daar ontrent aanwijsen hoedanig de Beelden onder sekere Linie van Bestuur en Gewigt, en Tegen-wigt allerhande Doeningen en Actien van Staan, Gaan, Loopen, Torssen, Dragen, Werpen, als anders, welvoegsaam en Natuurlijk, sonder daar heen te vallen, of onmogelijkheyd in haar Doening te vertoonen, verrigten konnen: Op dat den Teykenaar en Schilder die sigh daar in wel afgerigt bevind, het Middel mogt in de Hand hebben, om sijn Beelden in allerhande voorval en Verkiesing, tot het Oogmerk van sijn voorgesteld bedrijf, soodanig te bepalen, datse noit tegen de Teykenkundige Trek, noch tegen de mogelijkheyd der Doening, ten opsigt van ’t Maaxel en samen-stel der Leden aanloopen. En gelijk dit een van de gewigtigste Hoofd-stukken der Schilder-Konst is, soo heeft het ook alle Groote en Verstandige Meesters niet alleen ter Herten gegaan, sig hier in wijselijk te dragen, maar veele hebben ook met alle vlijd hun Leerlingen geduurig vermaand daar op nauw agt te geven: En dat wel soo veel te meer alsse sigh ontblood vonden van de Onderwijsingen in de Boeken, en Voor-beelden.
Karel van Mander die beter Schrijver en Prater dan Schilder is geweest, seyde in sijnen tijd dat het te wenschen waar, datter van ymand een Onderwijsing aangaande de stelling der Beelden, volgs de Werkende Verkiesingh der Actien, en d’uytdrukking der Herts-togten, ontworpen wierde: En seyd hy, ik soude sulx geerne selfs gedaan hebben, in dien ik my daar bequaam toe gevonden had.

[suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] On the Composition of Figures according to the Natural and incidental posture of movement in all sorts of Action. Let us proceed from the composition of the Face in specific to another important and common Part of the Anatomy; Namely to the Artful composition of the moving Posture of Working human Figures; And in that context point out to which degree the Figures can carry out appropriately and Naturally, all sorts of Doings and Actions of Standing, Going, Walking, Hauling, Carrying, Throwing and others, within a certain Line of Conduct and Weight and Counter-weight, without falling or showing an impossibility in their Action: So the Draughtsman or Painter who finds himself well-trained in this, has the tools at hand to conceive his Figures such in all sorts of occurrences and choices, to the purpose of the proposed action, that they will never appear to be against the Draught, nor against the possibility of the Action, with regard to the Creation and structure of the Limbs. And as this is one of the most important Chapters of the Art of Painting, as such it has not only concerned all Great and Wise Masters, to act wisely in this regard, but many have continuously urged their Pupils with diligence to pay close attention to it: And even more so when they were without the Instruction in Books, and Examples. Carel van Mander, who was a better Author and Speaker than Painter, said in his time that it were commendable, that someone designed an Instruction regarding the composition of Figures, subsequently the Working Selection of Action and the expression of Passions: And he said, I would have been inclined to do so myself, if I had found myself capable of it.

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