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Pluto, from Deorum Dearumque Capita : ex vetustis numismatibus in gratiam antiquitatis studiosorum effigiata et edita

Series/Portfolio:
Deorum dearumque capita : ex vetustis numismatibus in gratiam antiquitatis studiosorum effigiata et edita
Artist:
after Gerard van Groeningen (Netherlandish, active Antwerp, 1563–73)
Artist:
Johannes van Doetecum the elder (Netherlandish, active 1554–ca. 1600, died 1605)
Artist:
Lucas van Doetecum (Netherlandish, active 1554–72, died before 1589)
Artist:
Frame by Gerard van Groeningen (Netherlandish, active Antwerp, 1563–73)
Publisher:
Philips Galle (Netherlandish, Haarlem 1537–1612 Antwerp)
Published in:
Antwerp
Date:
1573
Medium:
Etching and engraving; first state of two (New Hollstein)
Dimensions:
Plate: 4 3/4 × 3 1/4 in. (12 × 8.3 cm) Sheet: 7 3/16 × 5 1/4 in. (18.2 × 13.3 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1958
Accession Number:
58.512.4(42)
Not on view
From a series of fifty-five plates with medallion portraits of gods, goddesses, and personifications, after coins from the collection of Abraham Ortelius. Each plate includes the medallion at center, set in a strapwork border with grotesques, with the title in a cartouche above and the provenance of the coin in a cartouche below. In this first edition, published by Philips Galle in Antwerp in 1573 and dedicated by Ortelius to Jan Sambucus, the plates appear in alphabetical order, following the title given above each medallion. The plates were designed by Hans Vredeman de Vries (30 plates) and Gerard van Groeningen (25 plates) and etched by the Van Doetecum brothers, with van Groeningen responsible for the frames in some plates and an unidentified engraver responsible for executing nine of de Vries's designs.
Inscription: on plaque at top center: PLVTONIS
on plaque at bottom center: Ex nummo argenteo Sex / Noni P.F. Sufenatis

Marking: at bottom right, in brown ink: M;
at bottom right, in pencil: 41
Vendor: Randolph Gunter (American, died 1962)
New Hollstein (Van Doetecum) III.151.689 i/ii; New Hollstein (van Groeningen) I.64.34; SKB 229; Jessen 386
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