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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Maerten de Vos, Netherlandish (Antwerp, Belgium 1532 - 1603 Antwerp, Belgium)
Three Archangels
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink, brown wash and white opaque watercolor over black chalk, incised, on cream antique laid paper
actual: 19.5 x 29.6 cm (7 11/16 x 11 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower left, brown ink: M. D. VOS F. 1583
  • watermark: coat of arms with two fleur-de-lis and letter S, with MSAVOIS beneath [related to Briquet 1668]
  • label: former brown paper, blue ink: Martin de Vos [underlined] b. 1531 or 2; d. 1603. Painter + draughts- / man. Born at Antwerp. Pupil of his father + of Franz / Floris; visited Italy, probably in 1552. Pupil of Tintoretto / whose landscape backgrounds he is said to have painted. / Master of the Antwerp guild, 1558, dean 1572. D. at Antwerp. / Largely occupied in providing drawings for engravers. Large / numbers still exist. This drawing is signed + dated / Martin de Vos 1583. The outlines have been incised.
  • label: former label, typeface and black ink: [black ink] 1950 / [typeface] Smith College / Museum of Art / LOAN / [black ink] Mongan
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: 6 [encircled] M. de Vos
Agnes Mongan, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1978.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Agnes Mongan
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, checklist, Unpublished (1954), cat. no. 8, p. 2

Nicola Courtright, Northern Travelers to Sixteenth-Century Italy: Drawings from New England Collections, exh. cat., Trustees of Amherst College (Amherst, MA, 1990), cat. no. 11, p. 15

Exhibition History

An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/01/1954 - 04/30/1954

Northern Renaissance Art: Selected Works, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 02/28/1984 - 04/08/1984

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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