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Enthralling Engraving

Kunstmuseum Basel


Late-sixteenth-century audiences were thrilled by the engravings of Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617), and the technical perfection of his work and his unconventional inventions have lost none of their appeal. The exhibition in the Kupferstichkabinett presents a selection of around ninety of the finest works by the master from Haarlem, including biblical and mythological scenes and erudite allegories. It illustrates that Goltzius did not owe his great success solely to his own creative powers: he collaborated with other renowned artists of his time such as Karel van Mander and Bartholomäus Spranger and employed a series of talented associates who executed his engravings with the perfection for which he was celebrated.

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Neptun (Oceanus)

Neptun (Oceanus) (1588–90), Hendrick Goltzius. Kunstmuseum Basel – Martin P. Bühler

Gestrandeter Wal

Gestrandeter Wal (1598), Hendrick Goltzius. Kunstmuseum Basel – Martin P. Bühler

Herkules Farnese

Herkules Farnese (1592), Hendrick Goltzius. Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève

The four falling Disgracers Phaethon

The four Falling Disgracers Phaethon (1588), Hendrick Goltzius. Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett

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