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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 8: the Colosseum at Rome; in the foreground, to right, a Roman Emperor on a horse surveys the scene, his entourage behind him; to left, a sculpture of the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus and a large marble foot; the Colosseum seen behind and a large sculpture of Zeus seen in the arena, where gladiators are fighting; after Heemskerck. 1572


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  • Date

    • 1572
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 211 millimetres
    • Width: 260 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below centre "Martinus Heemskerck Inventor".
        Lettered in margin below image with two lines in Latin: 'ADIICIT HIS...FARAVIT'.
  • Curator's comments

    From a series of eight plates (New Hollstein 513-520). Verses by Hadrianus Junius. The Colosseum is here considered as an additional 'Wonder of the World', which were traditionally seven.

  • Bibliography

    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 485.II (Philips Galle) bibliographic details
    • New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 520.II (Maarten van Heemskerck) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (157*.a.38)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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