Hurtas mi vulto y cuanto más le debe

This is a curiosity indeed. The poet Gongora seems to be the subject of preparatory sketches by a Flemish painter for a picture which will appear in Gongora’s book of poetry. So while the artist sketches, the poet writes, each trying to capture the essence of the other. Artistic competition or synergistic cooperation?

At this time of course Flanders was a Spanish province, known as the Spanish Netherlands. It became independent, as Belgium, in 1830. So there were plenty of Flemish artists at the Spanish court.

 
Luis de Góngora

A UN PINTOR FLAMENCO, HACIENDO EL RETRATO DE DONDE SE COPIÓ EL QUE VA AL PRINCIPIO DESTE LIBRO

 
Hurtas mi vulto y cuanto más le debe
A tu pincel, dos veces peregrino,
De espíritu vivaz el breve lino
En los colores que sediento bebe,

Vanas cenizas temo al lino breve,
Que émulo del barro le imagino,
A quien (ya etéreo fuese, ya divino)
Vida le fió muda esplendor leve.

Belga gentil, prosigue al hurto noble;
Que a su materia perdonará el fuego,
Y el tiempo ignorará su contextura.

Los siglos que en sus hojas cuenta un roble,
Árbol los cuenta sordo, tronco ciego;
Quien más ve, quien más oye, menos dura.

 
From <http://www.poemas-del-alma.com/luis-de-gongora-a-un-pintor-flamenco.htm&gt;

And here is a picture of Gongora from Velasquez, so not the Flemish painter, but it gives an idea of what he might have been looking at.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=imgres&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAkQjRwwAGoVChMI58-V5sn4xgIVhJaICh0c9gBI&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FLuis_de_G%25C3%25B3ngora&ei=3bS0VaftEIStogSc7IPABA&psig=AFQjCNG075T4-bLhQsjkGn81jtOGX1JHyw&ust=1437992541362557

 

 

 
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