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The eight wonders of the world

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  • Title (series)

    • The eight wonders of the world
  • Description

    Plate numbered 2: the lighthouse at Alexandria; to right, a king, seated (Ptolemy?) discussing plans with an architect, (Sostratus of Cnidus?); two putti standing behind the king; seen from a distance, the lighthouse built on a rocky mountain, emanating light; a town and a meandering aqueduct are seen below it; numerous sailing boats in the sea; after Heemskerck. 1572


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  • Date

    • 1572
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 211 millimetres
    • Width: 265 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below left "Martinus Heemskerck Inventor" and 'Philipus Galle fecit'.
        Top centre lettered: 'Pharos'; lettered in margin below image with two lines in Latin: 'CURSIBUS EXTRUXTI...SUBIRENT'.
  • Curator's comments

    From a series of eight plates (New Hollstein 513-520). Verses by Hadrianus Junius.

  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 479.II (Philips Galle) bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 514.II (Maarten van Heemskerck) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (157*.a.38)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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