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Mercury Killing Argus (from a series illustrating Ovid's Metamorphoses)

about 1589
School of Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 049 (engravings after designs by Goltzius)

Dimensions

Sheet: 17.3 x 25 cm (6 13/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

B1725

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Inscribed in plate, lower margin, left: Eripit e viuis blando sociata sopori/Custodem Inachie mors inopina bouis.; right: Hoc opus ingens decus est Cyllenidos Harpes,/Junonem Maia fallere nate potes.; lower left: 39.

Signed

Not signed

Markings

No watermark; verso, purple MFA Babcock Bequest stamp, with accession number in ink: 1725

Provenance

Before 1899, William P. Babcok (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, his bequest to the MFA.

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock