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Title

The dragon devouring the companions of Cadmus

1588

Artists

Hendrick Goltzius

Netherlands

1558 - 1617

after Cornelis van Haarlem

Netherlands

1562 - 1638

  • Details

    Date
    1588
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    engraving
    Edition
    i of 4 states
    Dimensions
    26.0 x 30.7 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    European art Collection Benefactors fund 2010
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    517.2010
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Hendrick Goltzius

    Works in the collection

    7

    Artist information
    after Cornelis van Haarlem

    Works in the collection

    1

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  • About

    Goltzius was the greatest exponent of Dutch Mannerism, renowned in the Netherlands and elsewhere for his technical skill and virtuosity. This gruesome scene was inspired by the story of Cadmus in Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’. Cadmus was sent by the Delphic Oracle to follow a cow and build a city at the first place it decided to lie down. The cow eventually collapsed at the future site of Thebes. When Cadmus sent his men to fetch water, they were killed by a dragon guarding the spring. Cadmus then slew the dragon, as seen in the background. On the advice of the goddess Athena he sowed the dragon’s teeth in the soil, from which armed men sprung up. Five of them became the ancestors of the Thebans.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    R.E. Lewis & Daughter, Original Prints, San Rafael/California/United States of America, Purchased by the AGNSW from R.E. Lewis & Daughter, Original Prints 2010

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