Hendrik Goltzius

Neptune

Neptune by Hendrik Goltzius

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Rather than showing Neptune with a trident, Goltzius depicts him clasping an oar in this woodcut, which is one of a set of six depicting Gods and Goddesses. Although a virile figure, Goltzius has refrained from depicting Neptune with the extreme musculature that he uses with the figure of Tantalus, and the chiaroscuro woodcut technique allows a rich painterly effect. Neptune's grotesque sea beast, which seems about to break through the picture plane into the spectator's space, prefigures John Mortimer's sea monsters, although without their human attributes. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Neptune
Artist/creator
Production date
1588-1590
Medium
chiaroscuro woodcut
Dimensions
297 x 235 mm
Inscription
(monogram) HG. F. (within print).. Stamped verso, LC, purple ink, stamp of Joseph Nerée Balestier (1814-88), New York, Lugt 1500..
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1980
Accession no
1980/42/2
Other ID
232 The Illustrated Bartsch
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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