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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    O,6.216

  • Description

    Portrait of Gerard Mercator, half-length directed to left, with long beard and wearing a flat cap, holding a globe (America, Peru and the magnetic pole labelled) and a compass; in lettered oval; letterpress and diagram on verso; frontispiece to Mercator's "Italiae Sclavoniae, et Graeciae tabulae geographicae" (Duisburg: 1589). 1576
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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1576
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 196 millimetres
    • Width: 146 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered around portrait with Latin verse by Joannes Vivianus: "Magna Pelusiacis ... cælum. I.Vivian.". Lettered in the cartouche below with three lines of Latin text: "GERARDI MERCATORIS ... CIC.IC.LXXIV.". Above "ÆTATIS SUÆ LXII".
        Lettered in letterpress below "In Effigiem carmen".
  • Curator's comments

    It is not clear whether this print was engraved by a young Goltzius (New Hollstein D8 as doubtful) or by Frans Hogenberg (New Hollstein 36). The date 1576 was altered in the second state into 1574.

  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein 201.III (under Goltzius) bibliographic details
    • Muller II 1853 3568 bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 36 (Frans Hogenberg) bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) D8.III (Hendrick Goltzius; doubtful attributions) bibliographic details
    • Bartsch III.54.176 (under Goltzius) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (D+F XVIc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Italiae Sclavoniae, et Graeciae tabulae geographicae
  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    O,6.216

Portrait of Gerhardus Mercator, HL to r, holding a globe (America, Peru and the magnetic pole labelled) and a compass, 1574  Engraving and letterpress on verso

Portrait of Gerhardus Mercator, HL to r, holding a globe (America, Peru and the magnetic pole labelled) and a compass, 1574 Engraving and letterpress on verso

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