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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch (Mühlbracht 1558 - 1617 Haarlem, Netherlands)
The Farnesian Hercules
Other Titles
Alternate Title: The Farnese Hercules
Series/Book Title: Three Famous Antique Sculptures
Series/Book Title: Antique Statues of Rome
Work Type
c. 1592 - 1617
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Physical Descriptions
Engraving printed in black ink on white antique laid paper
plate: 41.5 x 29.8 cm (16 5/16 x 11 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: HGoltzius sculp.
  • inscription: engraved in plate, lower left corner of design area: HG[monogram]oltzius Sculp. Cum privilig. / Sa. Cæ. M. / Herman Adolfsz / excud. Haarlemen.
  • inscription: lower margin, centered: Statúa antiqúa Romæ in palatio Cardinalis Fernisij / opús posthúmúm HG[monogram]oltzy, iam primum divulgat An°. M.D.C.X.VII.
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin, to left and right: 1 / Dominto triformi rege Lusitaniæ, / Raptisq malis quæ Hesperi sub cardine // Servarat bortis aureis virgil draco, / Fessus quievi terror orbis Hercules. / Schrevel.
  • inscription: in plate, on stone base of statue: HERCVLES VICTOR
  • inscription: in plate, l.l., margin: 1
  • (not assigned): verso: The reverse of this print bears an offset of another impression of the same print.It also retains exceptionally deep relief within the engraved lines.
  • collector's mark: verso, purple stamp with graphite numbering within: [Gray Collection accession stamp (Lugt 4836)] 1665
  • inscription: verso, graphite : -D-
Francis Calley Gray, bequest to nephew, 1856.
William Gray, gift to Harvard University, 1857.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
New Hollstein 378, Bartsch 143, Filedt Kok P.5.1, TIB0301.143
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray
Object Number
European and American Art
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Exhibition History

The "Master Prints" of Hendrik Goltzius and Mannerist Art, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, 03/09/2005 - 06/30/2005

HAA 10 Survey Course: The Western Tradition, Art Since the Renaissance, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/08/2008 - 04/06/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/23/2008 - 11/16/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/16/2009 - 11/08/2009

Around Antique: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (Teaching Gallery) S421, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/14/2010 - 09/04/2010

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