About this artwork
Maarten van Heemskerck, a prolific draftsman and etcher and the leading proponent of the Mannerist School in Haarlem, spent a decisive period in Rome from 1532 to 1536. This drawing shows the influence of Michelangelo’s heroic forms. Pricked for transfer to a metal plate, it is one of six designs he made for an engraved series of Good Women of the Old Testament.
- Marten van Heemskerck
- Pen and brown ink on ivory laid paper, incised with stylus for transfer
- Signed recto, lower left, in pen and ink: "Maerten van/ Heemskerck/inventor"; inscribed, lower right, in pen and brown ink: "Abÿgael" (both now faint but legible in ultraviolet light); inscribed verso, center, in graphite: "41911"; lower right, in graphite: "3" (upside down)
- 197 x 252 mm
- Simeon B. Williams Fund