Roemer Visscher born in Amsterdam, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant.
joined D'Egelantier, one of the Amsterdam Chambers of Rhetoric (a late
medieval Dutch literary society). Other members included Hendrik Spieghel,
Dirk Volkertsz. Coornhert and >>Pieter Cornelisz. Hooft. One of the main
principles of D'Egelantier was that all literary works should be written
in the vernacular, i.e. in Dutch.
Visscher's first daughter Anna born.
Another daughter, ##Maria 'Tesselschade', born.
and Maria Tesselschade were later held in high esteem by many Amsterdam
poets, including Hooft, Caspar Barlaeus and Constantijn Huygens. DaniŽl
Heinsius even described Tesselschade as 'the tenth Muse'. Visscher's
house along one of the Amsterdam canals, 't Saligh Roemers Huys' as
it was known at the time, became the meeting place of many Dutch poets
Publication of Visscher's first literary work, Brabbeling (initially
published without the author's permission as Lof vande mutse ende
van een blauwe scheen). Brabbeling, literally meaning 'gibberish',
consisted of translated poetry, epigrams and short poems. Visscher's
fondness of epigrams earned him the nickname 'De Hollandse Martialis',
after the Roman poet Martial.
Publication of the emblem book >Sinnepoppen,
Visscher's most important work.
Roemer Visscher died in Amsterdam. He was buried in the Oude Kerk,
where his grave can still be visited today. He is remembered in Vondel's
poem Lof der Zeevaert (1623), in which the late Visscher's hospitality
here for the translation of Vondel's memorial poem and the representation
of the literary circle around Roemer Visscher by the 19th-century Dutch
painter Jan Kruseman.