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Hercules Killing Cacus

Hercules and Cacus

Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617), Printed by Willem Jansz. Blaeu (Dutch, 1571–1638)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 231; Hirschmann 373; Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish, vol. VIII) 373; Strauss 406; TIB comm. 0301.231; Bialler 1983, cat. no. 4; Leesberg, New Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish) 304 (Ih)


Image: 41.2 x 33.7 cm (16 1/4 x 13 1/4 in.) Sheet: 42.5 x 34.3 cm (16 3/4 x 13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from a line block and two tone blocks in yellow and green

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Recto, in letterpress below woodcut frame: Ghedruckt t/Amsterdam by Willem Ianssen in de vergulde Sonnewyser.


Signed and dated vertically, on rock center left, cut out of dark tone block: A° 88 HGoltzius Inue.


Verso, in graphite: B 231; 2/[?]; N204/Bps[underlined twice]; Ayer; MFA stamp with old accession number in graphite: 28762


Dr. James Bourne Ayer (b. 1849 - d. 1910), Boston; by inheritance to his children, Mary Farwell (neé Ayer) Rousmanière (b. 1878 - d. 1935), NY, NY, Nathaniel Farwell Ayer (b. 1879 - d. 1948), Boston, Dr. James Bourne Ayer (b. 1882 - d. 1963), Boston, and Elizabeth (neé Ayer) Inches (b. 1891 - d. ?); December 31, 1921, their gift to the MFA. Accession Date: December 31, 1921)

Credit Line

Gift of the Children of Dr. James B. Ayer