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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jacob Matham, Dutch (Haarlem, Netherlands 1571 - 1631 Haarlem, Netherlands)
After Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch (Mühlbracht 1558 - 1617 Haarlem, Netherlands)
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: The Virtues
Work Type
c. 1596
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Physical Descriptions

Engraving printed in black ink on white antique laid paper, hand-colored with transparent and opaque watercolor and shell gold and silver, within a gold and watercolored border on the secondary support, a book page on which the print is laid down
sheet: 21.7 × 14.1 cm (8 9/16 × 5 9/16 in.)
secondary support: 35.5 × 25.1 cm (14 × 9 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in plate, in lower margin: Temperies verum, Bacchiq, cibiq, / Arx vitæ, et columen mentis, ego vna vocor.
  • inscription: in plate, lower edge of design area, to left: 7
  • inscription: at right edge on the darkest part of the green foreground, gold paint: M.Ö. / 1598.
  • inscription: at lower edge of secondary support, partially cut off, graphite: Monogr. M.Ö. 1598 / colorist, / Hollst. XI, 276 / 28670 [cut off line of script] B. 270
  • paint mark: verso of secondary support, red watercolor or ink: [Two ruled vertical lines and two ruled horizontal lines that cross the entire sheet outline an empty rectangle suggesting an absent text block. This does not coincide with the contours of the print and its border on the recto.]
  • collector's mark: verso of secondary support, blue stamp with graphite numbering below: [Fogg Museum accession stamp (Lugt 936)] M24008

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
New Hollstein (Goltzius) 483, Bartsch 270, Hollstein 276, Filedt Kok 42.7

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Purchase through the generosity of the Fanny and Leo Koerner Charitable Trust
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Aparna Tandon, "Technical Examination of Two Dutch Sixteenth Century Hand-Colored Engravings" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, July 1997), Unpublished, pp. 1-13 passim
  • Susan Dackerman, Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, exh. cat., Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD, 2002), cat. no. 50 pp. 234-238, repr. p. 235

Exhibition History

  • Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 10/06/2002 - 01/05/2003; Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 02/14/2003 - 05/18/2003
  • 32Q: 2540 Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/02/2023 - 06/21/2023

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