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Mercury Playing Argus to Sleep (from a series illustrating Ovid's Metamorphoses)

School of Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 047 (engravings after designs by Goltzius)

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

B1723

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Inscribed in plate, lower margin, left: Centum oculis vigilem Tegees illusit alumnus,/Æterniq astu iussa parentis obit.; right: Fallaci cantus modulamine deperit argus,/Insomnem sopit fitula blanda virum.; in ink, lower left and lower right: .17.

Signed

Not signed

Markings

Verso, purple MFA Babcock Bequest stamp, with accession number in ink: 1723

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