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Passion and Virtuosity: Hendrick Goltzius and the Art of Engraving

OCTOBER 20, 2013 – JANUARY 26, 2014 

Known as the master Dutch engraver of his time, as important for engraving as Rembrandt was for etching, Hendrick Goltzius was a pivotal printmaker at the turn of the 17th century. His engaging subjects and highly versatile technique earned him praise and commissions throughout Europe.

The series at the core of this collaborative exhibition, the Life of the Virgin and the Passion of Christ, show Goltzius in all his chameleon-like virtuosity. Focusing as much on technique as on the subjects in the series, the exhibition explores the influence and interpretation of earlier printmakers in Goltzius's work as well. The visual dialogue between Goltzius and precursors such as Albrecht Dürer provides a deeper understanding of the history of engraving and visual culture in the late 16th century. Goltzius's own passion for his subjects and technique make the objects in the exhibition the most ambitious works of his career.

 

  • Goltzius-Circumcision
     
    Hendrick GoltziusThe Circumcision, 1594. Engraving, state ii/ii, plate and sheet 47 x 35.6 cm. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
  • Goltzius-Annunciation
    Hendrick Goltzius, The Annunciation, 1594. Engraving, state i/vi, plate 47.9 x 35.5 cm, sheet 49.4 x 36.9 cmUniversity of San Diego, Burgundian Fund, acquired in honor of Robert A. Hoehn.
  • Goltzius-Christ Carrying the Cross
    Hendrick Goltzius, Christ Carrying the Cross, 1596–1598. Engraving, state i/ii, plate 20.3 x 13.7 cm, sheet 20.9 x 14.3 cmUniversity of San Diego, purchased with funds from Robert and Karen Hoehn.
  • Goltzius-Coornhert
    Hendrick GoltziusPortrait of Dirck Volkertsz Coornhert, 1591. Engraving, state iii/iii without frame, image 47.6 x 34.9 cm. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Endowment Fund.
  • Goltzius-Last Supper
    Hendrick Goltzius, The Last Supper, 1598. Engraving, state i/iii, plate and sheet 20.1 x 13.4 cm. University of San Diego, Purchased with funds from Robert and Karen Hoehn.

 

 

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