(Netherlands 1558 – 1617)
34.7 x 26.2 cm image (oval); 39.2 x 29.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
Pluto, also called Hades, ruled over the land of the dead and very rarely allowed anyone to return from his kingdom. With his back turned to the viewer Pluto surveys the flaming scene. Next to him the five rivers of the underworld – Lethe, Styx, Cocytus, Phlegethon, and Acheron – are spilling from an urn. In the background the lost souls meet the three infernal judges.
Nicolas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, 'Introduction', pg. 3-5, Sydney, 1991, 4, back cover (colour illus.), 15. no catalogue numbers
Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 113 (colour illus.).
Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991
Light from Shadow, the role of chiaroscuro in spatial imaging, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, 22 Oct 2003–29 Nov 2003
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006