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    Portrait of Hubert Goltzius; bust-length, in profile to right; set in an oval frame. 1574 Engraving

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    • 1574 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 293 millimetres
    • Width: 199 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered in the oval border: HUBERTUM GOLTZIUM HERBIPOLTIAM VENLONIANUM ... MELCHIOR: LORICHIUS FLENSBURGENSIS. HOLSATUS. AD VIVUM DELINEABAT ET IN AERE SCULPEBAT.' Collation number 'a2' lettered at lower right outside the platemark.
  • Curator's comments

    This sheet not dated as the second state is acc. to Hollstein. It was, however, certainly used as a book-illustration and probably an author portrait. As the sheet is laid down, it is not clear if this publication was Goltzius's, 'Historia Siciliae et Magna Graeciae', Bruges 1576, which is mentioned in Hollstein.


  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein 25.I bibliographic details
    • Bartsch Undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    German XVIc Mounted Roy

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Portrait of Hubert Goltzius; bust-length, in profile to r; set in an oval frame.  1574

Portrait of Hubert Goltzius; bust-length, in profile to r; set in an oval frame. 1574 Engraving

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