Hendrick Goltzius Netherlandish

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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

Apollo, Hendrick Goltzius (Netherlandish, Mühlbracht 1558–1617 Haarlem), Engraving

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