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Apollo

Artist:
Hendrick Goltzius (Netherlandish, Mühlbracht 1558–1617 Haarlem)
Date:
1588
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 3/8 x 13 3/4 in. (26.4 x 34.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.501.3
Not on view
The elegant figure of Apollo strides forward on a swirling bank of clouds. The sun god's hair rises in the air like flames. The inscription, which would usually be in a straight line at the bottom of the print, here encircles Apollo's head like a halo. Such a bravura play on the conventions of engraving is a hallmark of Goltzius's Mannerist style. This engraving is one of his early displays of the so-called bulbous style, characterized by an unnatural exaggeration of musculature accentuated by the engraver's swelling and tapering lines that turn with the forms
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 11, 2000–June 25, 2000.

H.131
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