Saturn (from the series Eight Roman Gods)
Bartsch 256; Hollstein 296
Sheet: 35.5 x 21.3 cm (14 x 8 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Inscribed in plate, upper center: SATVRNVS.; dated on column bases, lower left: Anno.; lower right: 1592.; in lower margin: Octo gentium Dij per Polydorum quondàm quodam in atrio Romæ e Cenobÿ Diui/Pauli regione: in colle Quirinali, nunc M. Cauallo ad parietem et lucidè et subumbrosè deliniati,/ per HGoltzius ibidem adnotati, et celati postmodum in Tyronum gratiam. [These eight heathen gods were painted by Polidoro on a courtyard wall in the quarter of St. Paul's Convent, on the Quirinal at Rome, now called Monte Cavallo. They are distinguished by the excellence of their clair-obscur effect. H. Goltzius has sketched them on location and now engraved them for the use of his students."
Signed in plate, in lower margin, within inscription [see inscription transcription]
Watermark: square and star [in a circle?]
Henry Foster Sewall (b. 1816 - d. 1896), New York; November, 1897, purchased by the MFA through the Harvey D. Parker Fund.
Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund