Roemer Visscher  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Roemer Pieterszoon Visscher (1547 - 19 February 1620) was a successful Dutch merchant and writer in the period often called the Dutch Golden Age.


The humanistic and moralistic content of his works belongs to the period of the Renaissance, although the form was more conservative and characteristic to the rederijkers. Visscher was a specialist in the epigram, but he also wrote emblemata. The emblemata is a genre in which pictures are accompanied by one or two rhyming sentences. An example of the emblemata is Visschers Sinnepoppen. One emblema is called "Elck wat wils" which is still a common expression in Dutch, meaning "To each his own".

Among his works are:

  • T'loff vande mutse, ende van een blaewe scheen (1612)
  • Brabbeling (1614)
  • Sinnepoppen (1614)

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