Requires Photography

Melpomene (from The Nine Muses series, 3rd of 9 plates)

about 1592
Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 148; Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish, vol. VIII) 150; Leesberg (New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish, Goltzius, part I) 131 (III/III)

Dimensions

Platemark: 25 x 16.6 cm (9 13/16 x 6 9/16 in.) Sheet: 29 x 20.4 cm (11 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

B1710

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Inscribed in lower margin: Melpomene ostendit numeros qucis cena Thyeste,/Prognes olla quibus, quibus Oetheiq dolores/Et lachryme Electre, et meste lameta Eryphiles,/Describi Tragico possent instructa cotherno,/F.E/64

Signed

Signed in plate, lower right: HG. Fecit.

Markings

No watermark; verso: MFA Babcock Bequest stamp, with accession number in ink: 1710; in graphite: Melpomene/B. 148; in graphite: S 26

Provenance

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock (1826-1899, Boston)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock