Mercury Playing Argus to Sleep (from a series illustrating Ovid's Metamorphoses)
School of Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)
Bartsch 047 (engravings after designs by Goltzius)
Sheet: 17.3 x 25 cm (6 13/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
Verso, purple MFA Babcock Bequest stamp, with accession number in ink: 1723
Before 1899, William P. Babcok (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, his bequest to the MFA.
Bequest of William Perkins Babcock