Inscribed on the album page below the design, in brown ink, "Virtútem Minerva perficit (title) / Fortes creantur fortibus et bonis / Est in juvencis, est in quis patrum / Patrúm [crossed out] virtus: nec inbellem feroces / Progenerant aquilae columbam / Doctrina sed vim promovet insitam / Rectique cultus pectora roborant / útcúmque defecere mores. / Dedecorant bene nata cúlpae" ('Tis only from the sturdy and the good that sturdy youths are born; in steers, in steeds, appear the merits of their sires; nor do fierce eagles beget timid doves. Yet training increases inborn worth, and righteous ways make strong the heart; whenever righteousness has failed, faults mar even what nature has made noble). The text is from Horace, "Odes", Book IV, 4, lines 29-36. In the title opposite the illustration in the 1607 edition, the word "Naturam" is used instead of "Virtutem" inscribed here on the album page.
Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, p. 71, no. 121.
Watermark: since the drawings are laid down, no watermarks, if any, are visible, even with fiber-optic light.
Engraved in reverse, 1607.
Also see records on Van Veen Album (III, 146-157).