Jupiter and Europa, Hendrick Goltzius
Hendrick Goltzius
Jupiter and Europa
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Hendrick Goltzius

Jupiter and Europa, ca. 1590


Blatt
268 x 193 mm
Physical Description
Feder in Braun
Inventory Number
1793
Object Number
1793 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 1847
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

After his return from Italy in 1591, Goltzius increasingly concentrated on designing compositions which other engravers then realised for his publishing house. The two drawings obj. nos. 1792 Z and 1793 Z are examples of such designs. While Goltzius used the pen only sparsely for the outlines, he modelled the bodies with a brush and set delicate accents of light with white opaque paint. He did not draw the line structure of the engraving but created a tonal and painterly chiaroscuro effect with generous brush washes, which the engraver then had to transfer into the hatching patterns of the copperplate.

The motifs of obj. nos. 1792 Z and 1793 Z belong to a series of four ""Loves of the Gods"". Here, Zeus (Jupiter), the father of the gods, is seen embracing the king's daughter Europa; in the background the god in the guise of a bull abducts the beautiful princess.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Jupiter and Europa
Draughtsman
Production Place
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Feder in Braun
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und bezeichnet unten rechts: HGoltzius [HG ligiert] / Inuentor
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten links (mit der Feder in Rot): N. 2830; oben links (mit der Feder in Braun): 2/8; Aus der Sammlung Verstolk van Soelen / mit den Durchzeichnungen für den Kupferstich Mathams
Verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Kreis mit Karo und Stern
Work Catalogues
  • Reznicek 1961.I.290.135

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1847

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Persons Shown
Illustrated Passage
  • Ovid: Metamorphosen, 2, 836-875

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Primary

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25.11.2021