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Calliope (the first engraving in the Nine Muses series)

1592
Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 146; Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish) 148

Dimensions

Sheet: 24.9 x 16.6 cm (9 13/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

P7239

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

in plate, dated lower left: A° 1592.; right of center: I.; on scroll, lower center: Ioanni Sadelero Serenis. mi Ducis Bauarie/Chlcoggrapho, amico vnice dilecto, Nouem/hasce Musas HGoltzius amicitie ergo D.D; in lower margin: Prima characteres, vocumq elementa notanit,/Quoq Deûm laudes, et quo prelustria facta/Congruat Heroum describere carmine, prima/Calliope edicuit Clary celeberrima cetus./F.Estius

Signed

lower right: HGoltzius Inuent.et sculptor.

Markings

watermark [not identified]; verso, collector's stamp in red: H.F.S. [Henry F. Sewall; Lugt 1309]; purple Parker Collection MFA stamp with accession number in ink: 7241 [Lugt 1870]; in graphite: said to be the mother of/Orpheus, by Apollo./alliope[underlined], daughter of/Jupiter & Mnemosyne, as were the other Musees./-over, eloquence & heroic poetry. [the last three words underlined]

Provenance

Henry F. Sewell (1816-1896, New York); November, 1897, Sewell collection purchased for the MFA by Harvey D. Parker.

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund