Great Lion
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.46
People
Jacques de Gheyn II, Dutch (Antwerp, Netherlands 1565 - 1629 The Hague, Netherlands)
Title
Great Lion
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
c. 1590
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Engraving on antique laid paper
Technique
Engraving
Dimensions
sheet: 25 x 33 cm (9 13/16 x 13 in.)
frame: 39.7 x 49.8 cm (15 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.l printed: IDGheyn. fe. (I, D, and G interlaced)
  • inscription: l.r. printed: IBosscher. excu. (I and B interlaced)
  • inscription: Latin text in margin around the oval, signed: HiR (H, i, and R in monogram) Heyman Jacobi)
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
State
I
Standard Reference Number
NH 170 (De Gheyn, family prints)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Fund for the Acquisition of Prints Older than 150 Years
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.46
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Latin inscription: Ad prosternendum, se docet esse feram. / En leo magnanimus, vigilanti mente recumbens, / verberet ut caudam, tollat ut ipse iubas. Nec fugiens, nec quem metuens, sed promptus et acer

Translation: About to lie down, he teaches himself to be wild. Behold the noble lion, who is reclining, but his mind is still vigilant, as he lashes his tail and raises its
mane. He does not run away, and is not afraid of anything, but sharp and ready.

Daniel Margocsy
23 January 2009
Publication History

Susan Dackerman, ed., Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2011), cat.43 p.204-205, repr.

Exhibition History

Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, 01/17/2012 - 04/08/2012; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/06/2011 - 12/10/2011

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Related Media
Object Discussion: Jacques de Gheyn II’s The Great Lion. Harvard Art Museums curator Susan Dackerman interprets Jacques de Gheyn II’s engraving "The Great Lion." Created for "Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe" exhibition, 2011.
Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted