Venus and Mars Surprised by Vulcan
Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)
Bartsch 139; Hollstein 137
Sheet: 45 x 33.9 cm (17 11/16 x 13 3/8 in.) Platemark: 42.5 x 31.2 cm (16 3/4 x 12 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Recto: "B 139" in graphite in l.r.
Verso: "Mars et Venus surpris en .../Goltzius (H) superbe avec marge" in graphite and "Mars et Venus surpris en ... B139" in brown ink in l.c.
Watermark: Eagle with crown and shield with crozier. Initials below, possibly NHH over M. Heywood #1247, no date.
19th century, probably in a French-speaking area [see note]. June 17, 2016, anonymous sale, Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland (Graphik Alter Meister; auction 265), lot 44 to Hill-Stone, Inc. (dealer), South Dartmouth, MA; 2016, sold by Hill-Stone, Inc., to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 2016)
NOTE: As suggested by annotations in French on the verso of the print.
Katherine E. Bullard Fund in memory of Francis Bullard and funds donated by Barbara Wheaton