The present sheet is a fine and typical example of Jacob van der Does’s mature draughtsmanship. The Latin inscriptions on the slab at the left and on the monument in the centre are based on a funerary inscription on a Roman tomb dating from the 1st century BC, which the artist must have seen and transcribed during his stay in Italy. The original inscription reads: ‘Hic sita est Amymone, matrona Marci, optima et pulcherrima, lanifica pia pudica frugi casta domiseda.’ (‘Here lies Amymone, wife of Marcus, best and most beautiful, a worker in wool, devoted, modest, frugal, chaste, one who stayed at home.’) As Schatborn has pointed out, ‘Van der Does was evidently an educated man with an interest in Roman inscriptions [and] was familiar with several languages.’1
1. P. Schatborn, Drawn to Warmth: 17th-century Dutch artists in Italy, exhib. cat., Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 2001, p. 136
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