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Title

Proserpine


Artist

Hendrick Goltzius

Netherlands

1558 - 1617


About

Pluto abducted Proserpine while she was gathering flowers in a glade in Sicily and carried her off to the land of the dead to be his wife. Jupiter interceded to have her set free but she was forced to spend part of each year in the land of the dead. While she is absent from the world, in autumn and winter, vegetation dies; in spring and summer, when she is free to live on the earth, nature regenerates and flourishes. In this print she perches weightlessly on a rock with her body impossibly twisted into a graceful serpentine curve. Her habitat is a landscape of natural abundance befitting the goddess of fertility.

Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500–1900, 2014


Details


Other Title

Persephone


Date

1588-1590


Media category

Print


Materials used

chiaroscuro woodcut, line block in black and tone blocks in olive green and tan


Edition

ii of 2 states


Dimensions

34.7 x 26.2 cm image (oval); 39.4 x 29.0 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1983


Location

Not on display


Accession number

229.1983


Artist information

Hendrick Goltzius

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Nicolas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, 'Introduction', pp 3-5, Sydney, 1991, p 4, col illus cover, p 15.

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pp 108-172, Sydney, 1994, col illus p 113.

Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500-1900, Sydney, 2014, col illus p 43.