Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem (After)

Tantalus

Tantalus by Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem

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In Greek mythology, Tantalus was the son of Zeus and the Titaness Pluto. Having offended the gods he was punished to an eternity in Tartarus, where he was deprived of food and water so that he remained perpetually famished and parched. Compelled to stand up to his chin in water, whenever he attempted to eat or drink, nourishment was removed from his reach. Goltzius's violently agitated, tumbling figures (there are four in the series) were well known to Henry Fuseli, although the latter's depiction of musculature never acquired the extreme late Mannerist tendencies demonstrated here. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Tantalus
Artist/creator
Production date
1588
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
310 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1978
Accession no
1978/16/1
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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