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The eight wonders of the world

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1948,0410.4.74

  • Title (series)

    • The eight wonders of the world
  • Description

    Plate numbered 4: the colossus of Rhodes; to left, a sculptor, (Chares of Lyndus?) crowned with laurels designing a sculpture on paper; nearby, his assistants polishing pieces of the sculpture, including a colossal head; behind, the sea with numerous sailing boats and the colossus, holding a smoking urn, with people admiring it from below; in the background, an imaginary view of the city of Rhodes; after Heemskerck. 1572
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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1572
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 211 millimetres
    • Width: 256 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below left "Martinus Heemskerck Inve." and 'P. Galle fecit'.
        Top centre lettered: 'Colossis Solis'; lettered in margin below image with two lines in Latin: 'SEPTINOS DECIES...HONORES'.
  • Curator's comments

    From a series of eight plates (New Hollstein 513-520). Verses by Hadrianus Junius.
    The preparatory drawing in pen and ink, signed and dated 1570, is in the Courtauld Institute Gallery, London (D.1952.RW.648); information from Donato Esposito.

  • Bibliography

    • Corpus Rubenianum XXI 12 (cf.) bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 481.II (Philips Galle) bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 516.II (Maarten van Heemskerck) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (157*.a.38)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1753

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1948,0410.4.74

Plate numbered 4: the colossus of Rhodes; to left, a sculptor, (Chares of Lyndus?) crowned with laurels designing a sculpture on paper; nearby, his assistants polishing pieces of the sculpture, including a colossal head; behind, the sea with numerous sailing boats and the colossus, holding a smoking urn, with people admiring it from below; in the background, an imaginary view of the city of Rhodes; after Heemskerck.  1572  Engraving

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Plate numbered 4: the colossus of Rhodes; to left, a sculptor, (Chares of Lyndus?) crowned with laurels designing a sculpture on paper; nearby, his assistants polishing pieces of the sculpture, including a colossal head; behind, the sea with numerous sailing boats and the colossus, holding a smoking urn, with people admiring it from below; in the background, an imaginary view of the city of Rhodes; after Heemskerck. 1572 Engraving

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