INTENTIE (n. f.)



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Voor alle dingen moet oock een Meesterlijck Schilder wil hy eenen goeden naem behouden, seer na-denckende en omsichtigh in al sijn doen wesen, insonderheyt ontrent sijn Inventien, en by-een ordineeringe der Historyen, op dat hy niet alleen geen onmogelijcke of Konst-strijdige dingen voort en brenge; {Een Schilder moet omsichtig ende nadenkdende wesen.} maer dat hy doch in geenen deele dingen maeckt, van welcke, of de Luyden diese toehooren, of andere diese beschouwen sullen, eenen quaden uytlegh daer van doen komen, of oock buyten de Intenty vanden Schilder, oorsaeck van beschimpingh verleenen. Hierom is ‘et datmen sich altijdt wel vanden sin en waerheydt van sijn voornemen moet verseeckeren, datse op een goede meeninge, en in reden bestaende uytlegh gegrontvest is.

[suggested translation, Marije Osnabrugge:] Above all a Masterly Painter should also, if he wants to keep his good name, be very thoughtful and careful in all his behavior, especially with regard to his Inventions and the way he brings together the composition of his Histories, so that he would not only avoid to bring forth impossible things or those that go against Art; {A painter has to be careful and thoughtful.} but that in no case he would make things, about which the people to whom they belong or others who see them, would get a bad explanation from them, or also give cause for taunting outside the Intention of the Painter. Therefore one should always ascertain himself well of the meaning and truth of his plan, that it is based on a good opinion and an explanation consisting of reason.

The German translator appears to have misread ‘intentie’, translating it erroneously with Invention. [MO]

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L’HISTOIRE ET LA FIGURE → sujet et choix