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River Landscape With Mercury Abducting Psyche (from a series Two River Landscapes with Mythological Subjects, 1 of 2 plates)

late 16th century
Attributed to Simon van den Heuvel ((Simon Novellanus) Netherlandish, died about 1590), After Pieter Bruegel, the Elder (Netherlandish, about 1525–1569), Published by Joris Hoefnagel (Netherlandish, worked Germany, 1542–1601)

Catalogue Raisonné

Van Bastelaer 001 (I); Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish, vol. III, Bruegel) 1; Orentein (New Hollstein, Dutch & Flemish, Bruegel) A4 (I/II)


Platemark: 27.5 x 34.4 cm (10 13/16 x 13 9/16 in.) Sheet: 28.1 x 35.3 cm (11 1/16 x 13 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and engraving

Not On View


Prints and Drawings




Inscribed in plate, in margin below image, center: ARTI ET INGENIO STAT SINE MORTE DECVS.; lower left: Pulcher Atlantiades Psÿchen ad Sydera tollens,/Ingenio scandi Sÿdera posse docet.; lower right: Ingenio liquidum possun consendere Cælum,/Si mundi curas fata leuare velint.; lower center: Petrus Breugel fec: Roma A°: 1553./Excud: Houf: cum præ Cæs:_


Not signed


Watermark (yes, but not yet identified); verso, lower center, stamped in brown ink: [mark of Adalbert von Lanna, Lugt 2773]; lower right, stamped in brown ink: [mark of Paul J. Sachs, Lugt 2091]; lower left, Knoedler stock number in graphite: a60381; lower right, probably in ink: HW [possibly Horace Walpole, Lugt 1386]; in graphite: M26269


Adalbert Freiherr von Lanna (b. 1836 - d. 1909; Lugt 2773); Prague; Paul J. Sachs (b. 1878 - d. 1965; Lugt 2091), Cambridge, MA; November 1, 1916, gift of Paul J. Sachs to the MFA .

Credit Line

Gift of Paul J. Sachs