Abigail

A work made of pen and brown ink on ivory laid paper, incised with stylus for transfer.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink on ivory laid paper, incised with stylus for transfer.

Date:

c. 1560

Artist:

Maarten van Heemskerck
Netherlandish, 1498-1574

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.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 126

Artist

Marten van Heemskerck

Title

Abigail

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1555–1565

Medium

Pen and brown ink on ivory laid paper, incised with stylus for transfer

Inscriptions

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)

Dimensions

197 x 252 mm

Credit Line

Simeon B. Williams Fund

Reference Number

1961.33

Extended information about this artwork

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