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Harumi asked

Please tell me the meaning of Latin sentence at the bottom.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

Dear Harumi, At the bottom of the painting the text in Latin reads: ‘Quis dives qui nil cupit pauper avarus’ It is a Latin saying and it translates to: He who does not desire anything is rich, the miser is poor. The Latin sentence on the paper that the student bears in his hands, goes well with this saying and translates to: The Lord gives everything, and still has as much left (‘Omnia dat Dominus, non habet ergo minus’). Best wishes, Tanja van Oostrum


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De jonge scholier
Lace end

The boy depicted by Jan van Scorel in this painting is twelve years old. His age is given at top right: 'AETATIS 12'; the date 1531 is given at the top left. He is a pupil of the Latin school, the predecessor of the current grammar school. At this school, a large part of the knowledge of Latin was taught by learning classical sayings by heart.


Title Portrait of a Young Student
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 33
Dimensions (general) Height : 46,5 cm
Width : 35 cm
Makers Painter: Jan van Scorel
attributed to: Maarten van Heemskerck
previously attributed: Lucas van Leyden
previously attributed: Meester van de Bicker-portretten
Accession number 1797 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1864
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 13-10-1864
Age maker About 36 years old
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Maarten van Heemskerck - Het oude Rome herleeft / Ancient Rome Relives (2012)
BABEL - Oude meesters terug uit Japan / Old Masters Back from Japan (2018)
External exhibitions Nederlandsche Kunst van de XVde en XVIde eeuw (1945)
Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters (2017)
Research Alma
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jan van Scorel

Schoorl 1495 - Utrecht 1562