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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1851,1213.90

  • Description

    St James and the Magician Hermogenes. St James in pilgrim's garb at left centre approaches the magician Hermogenes who sits hunched over a book in a chair at l; around them swarm demonic creatures and devils; naked witches fly on dragons above and cauldrons bubble in centre and at r; in the centre foreground a gaping hole opens to reveal further demonic creatures and activities; first state before reworking of plate; after Pieter Bruegel. 1565 Engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1565
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 217 millimetres
    • Width: 290 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered "Bruegel. invent." at lower left and "Cock.excudebat.1565" at lower right ""DIVVS IACOBUS DIABOLICIS PRAESTIGIIS ANTE MAGUM SISTITUR." in lower margin
  • Curator's comments

    For a companion piece see 1866,0407.11 ('The Fall of the Magician Hermogenes').

    Literature: M. Ilsink, in J. van Grieken - G. Luijten - J. van der Stock, "Hieronymus Cock: The Renaissance in Print", exh.cat. Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels and Fondation Custodia in Paris, New Haven and London, 2013, cat.no.68a; D. Petherbridge, 'Witches and Wicked Bodies', exh.cat. Edinburgh, 2013, cat.no.18.

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  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 11.I (Pieter Bruegel) bibliographic details
    • Bastelaer 1908 117 bibliographic details
    • Hollstein 117.I (after Pieter Bruegel) bibliographic details
    • Riggs 1977 35 bibliographic details
    • Lebeer 1969 57.I bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (D+F XVIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2013 August-Nov, Edinburgh, NG, Witches and Wicked Bodies
    2014-15 Sept - Jan, London, BM, Witches and Wicked Bodies

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1851

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1851,1213.90

St James and the Magician Hermogenes; St James in pilgrim's garb at l centre approaches the magician Hergogenes who sits hunched over a book in a chair at l; around them swarm demonic creatures and devils; naked witches fly on dragons above and cauldrons bubble in centre and at r; in the centre foreground a gaping hole opens to reveal further demoic creatures and activities.  1565  Engraving

St James and the Magician Hermogenes; St James in pilgrim's garb at l centre approaches the magician Hergogenes who sits hunched over a book in a chair at l; around them swarm demonic creatures and devils; naked witches fly on dragons above and cauldrons bubble in centre and at r; in the centre foreground a gaping hole opens to reveal further demoic creatures and activities. 1565 Engraving

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