Demogorgon in the Cave of Eternity, from the Series 'Demogorgon and the Deities', Hendrick Goltzius
Hendrick Goltzius
Demogorgon in the Cave of Eternity, from the Series 'Demogorgon and the Deities'
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Hendrick Goltzius

Demogorgon in the Cave of Eternity, from the Series 'Demogorgon and the Deities', ca. 1588 – 1590


Blatt (oval)
max. 362 x max. 274 mm
Holzstock (oval)
max. 351 x max. 263 mm
Einfassungslinie (oval)
max. 348 x max. 260 mm
Physical Description
Chiaroscuro woodcut
Inventory Number
3971 D
Acquisition
Ancient holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

It is not entirely certain whether Demogorgon served as the title page of the series "Demogorgon and the Deities" (Obj. Nos. 3965 D – 3971 D). The oval format and identical size seem to suggest this conclusion despite the strong stylistic differences. Almost in the manner of an engraving, the block for the lines printed in black was also used to shade the background areas. Demogorgon directs the stars as a many-breasted Mother Nature sits in a bubble from which she sprays plants and animals onto Earth. The snake biting its tail is an allusion to eternity; the clocks signify the transience of the world.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Demogorgon in the Cave of Eternity, from the Series 'Demogorgon and the Deities'
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Chiaroscuro woodcut
Material
Technique
Work Catalogues
  • Bartsch 238
  • NHD 294

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Ancient holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 23A2 Eternity, 'Aeternitas'; 'Eternità','Eternità o Perpetuità' (Ripa)
  • 91A14(DEMOGORGON) other primeval deities: Demogorgon
  • 13B2 sorcerer, magician, wizard, warlock
  • 31D16 old man
  • 31A2351 sitting on the ground
  • 49L11 handwriting, writing as activity
  • 20 'Natura' (allegorical figure or scene; or as Diana of Ephesus, with many breasts); 'Natura' (Ripa)
Secondary
Associative

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04.08.2020