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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unidentified Artist
After Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch (Mühlbracht 1558 - 1617 Haarlem, Netherlands)
The Entombment of Christ
Work Type
19th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Graphite on off-white laid paper
20.9 x 15.7 cm (8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: unidentified fragment (probably a crowned shield)
  • inscription: lower left, graphite: HG [in ligature] / 1590
  • inscription: lower right, graphite: #2 x
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: Golzius
Emile E. Wolf, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1968.
Published Text
Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: The Complete Collection Online
Multiple authors
Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017–)

Entry by Austeja Mackelaite, completed April 03, 2018:

This work is a 19th-century copy after the penultimate plate from Hendrick Goltzius’s 1596–98 series of 12 engravings depicting the Passion of Christ (G7304.3) .1 The drawing, by an unidentified artist, is in the same direction as the engraving, although slightly reduced in size. It is very faithful to Goltzius’s original, with the exception of the slightly altered placement of date and signature, and the four onlookers missing from the background.

While this example emulates Goltzius’s composition, it does not aim to replicate the artist’s meticulous engraving manner. The work was probably done as an artistic exercise, which attests to the continual appeal of Goltzius’s prints as training tools for draftsmen as late as the 19th century.2


1 Marjolein Leesberg in New Hollstein, Hendrick Goltzius, part 1, no. 27, p. 53.

2 For 17[th}-century examples of the practice of copying as a training tool, see object records in the Harvard Art Museums collections for Ezekiel, 1898.128; and Head of Bacchus, 1986.638 .

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Emile E. Wolf
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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