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- Series: The Deities
The Magician; Demogorgon in the Cave of Eternity; he sits writing on a tablet and holding a wand with smoke coming out of his mouth; next to him is a serpent biting its tail symbolising eternity, the Ouroboros, and a bubble containing a multi-breasted woman (Nature / Diana of Ephesus), with a hand pump spraying animals and plants; oval block
Chiaroscuro woodcut (lineblock with two tone-blocks, ochre and dull green)
- Production date
- 1588 (circa)
Height: 350 millimetres
Width: 265 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Considered to be the most accomplished chiaroscuro by Goltzius.
Literature: N. Bialler, 'Chiaroscuro woodcuts: Hendrick Goltzius and his time', Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Cleveland Museum of Art, ex.cat., 1993, no.26b; Susan Dackerman et al., 'Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe', Yale UP, 2011, cat.no.97.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986 Oct-Nov, Bristol, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 'Night Prints'
1986 Nov-Dec, Durham, DLI Museum, 'Night Prints'
1987 Jan-Feb, Sheffield, Sheffield Art Gallery, 'Night Prints'
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