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Vivae omnium fere imperatorum imagines

Illustrated by Hubert Goltzius (Netherlandish, 1526–1583), Cut by Joos Gietleughen (Netherlandish, 16th century), Printer Gillis van Diest (Netherlandish, 16th century)

Place of Publication: Antwerp, Belgium

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet II, 1653-54; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, VII, p. 201, nos. 1-134; VIII, p. 139, no. 1; Bialler, Chiaroscuro, 2


Overall: 34.7 x 25.7 x 5.5 cm (13 11/16 x 10 1/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with chiaroscuro etched and woodcut title page, 132 chiaroscuro etchings with woodcut, 16 blank etchings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Antwerp: Gillis van Diest, 1557) Folio; 171 leaves; contemporary blind-stamped and rolled white pigskin binding (damaged).

Ornamental title border with author portrait; three-color illustrations of antique medallion portraits of emperors

Antwerp: Gillis van Diest, 1557


The children of Dr. James B. Ayer, by whom given to the MFA, 1922.

Credit Line

Gift of the children of Dr. James B. Ayer