By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2015-08-06
Some who have had much practical experience, have a firm hand, and are well versed, craft objects off-hand and nimbly and with blithe courage. With abundant imagination, they act daringly and correct only an occasional flaw. There are others who with much trouble and difficulty gather together their things one by one out of piles of sketches and drawings, and from that they work, neatly and clearly, all they have joined together in their minds, without failing the slightest detail.
Thus before your eyes are two different but appropriate manners. Wholeheartedly steer your course toward the goal which most spurs on your spirit. For they who meant to equal the well-trained artist easily have deceived themselves; for they thought her works were accomplished without labor, whereas in reality the greatest endeavor has been copiously bestowed on them. Such things keep our minds ensnared, and through insatiable eyes make our hearts cling to them in steady enjoyment.
Cognizant of the exceptional craftsmanship of Genoveva von Lübeck, and also of her dedication to Our Barony and her tireless labor to teach others, We, Ermenrich and Kasha, Baron and Baroness of Cynnabar, herewith confer upon her Our Award of the Tower's Light.
Let none countermand Our words.
Text adapted from “Voor-reden, op den grondt der edel vry Schilder-const” from Het Shilder-Boeck (1604) by Karel van Mander.
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