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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch (Mühlbracht 1558 - 1617 Haarlem, Netherlands)
The Farnese Hercules
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Antique Statues of Rome
Work Type
c. 1592 - 1617
Physical Descriptions
plate: 41.5 x 29.8 cm (16 5/16 x 11 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: HGoltzius sculp.
  • inscription: in plate, l.l., margin: 1
  • inscription: engraved in plate; lower left corner above border, black printer's ink, engraved in plate: HGoltzius sculp. Cum privilig. / Sa. Cae. M. / Herman Adolfsz / excud. Haarlemen.
  • inscription: centered below border, between two parts of quote, black printers ink, engraved in plate: Statua antiqua Romae in palatio Cardinalis Fernisij / opus posthumum HGoltzy, iam primum divulgat An°. M.D.C.X.VII.
  • inscription: below border, left side, black printer's ink, engraved in plate, Latin: Dominto triformi rege Lusitaniae, / Raptisque [?] malis quae Hesperi sub cardine [half of a verse by Neo-Latin poet and rector of the Latin School of Leiden, Theodorus Schrevelius (1572-1649)
  • inscription: below border, right half of verse, black printer's ink, engraved in plate, Latin: Servarat bortis [?] aureis virgil draco, / Schrevel. / Fessus quievi terror orbis Hercules. [half of verse by Theodorus Schrevelius]
  • inscription: engraved on stone base of statue, black printer's ink, engraved in plate: HERCVLES VICTOR
Francis Calley Gray, bequest to nephew, 1856.
William Gray, gift to Harvard University, 1857.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
New Hollstein 378, Bartsch 143, Filedt Kok P.5.1, TIB0301.143
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of William Gray from the collection of Francis Calley Gray
Object Number
European and American Art
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Exhibition History

The "Master Prints" of Hendrik Goltzius and Mannerist Art, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, 03/09/2005 - 06/30/2005

HAA 10 Survey Course: The Western Tradition, Art Since the Renaissance, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 03/08/2008 - 04/06/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/23/2008 - 11/16/2008

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 09 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/16/2009 - 11/08/2009

Around Antique: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (Teaching Gallery) S421, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/14/2010 - 09/04/2010

32Q: 2300 Dutch & Flemish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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