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Prima Pars. Artis Apellæ, liber hic, studiosa juventus, Aptata ingenio fert rudimenta tuo: Hoc duce carpe viam, membratim tota figura Discitur, his gradibus scandere ad alta dabit.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Uniform Title

[Artis Apellæ liber.]


[S.l.]:: (fre. Bloemaert),, [ca. 1650]

Physical Description

120 pl. (incl. six divisional title-plates); 266×350 mm.

Responsibility Note

The title-plates of the six parts are all signed as drawn by Abraham Bloemaert and made and printed by his son Frederick Bloemaert.


J. Bolten, Method and practice: Dutch and Flemish drawing books 1600-1750 (1985), p.51-67. Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651) and his time (2001); M.C. Roethlisberger, Abraham Bloemaert and his sons (1993).

Summary Note

No publication-date is carried by any of the plates; some of the preliminary drawings carry the date of 1650. This drawing manual consists entirely of plates. They show heads, faces, parts of faces, hands, arms, legs, feet; half-length figures and busts; sitting and standing vagabonds, soldiers, females in classical dress, monks and hermits; soldiers, farmers, other genre figures; various figures. Bloemaert's preparatory drawings (mirror image) are preserved in Cambridge at the Fitzwilliam Museum.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century calf; gilt-tooled borders on upper and lower boards; rebacked in 20th century.

Name as Subject


Drawing - Iconography - History
Manuals - Pattern books - Pattern drawings, Dutch - Instructional materials - Netherlands - 17th century
Pictorial works - Netherlands - 17th century


Frederick Bloemaert, engraver
Abraham Bloemaert, draughtsman