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Nox, plate seven from Demogorgon and the Deities

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks of black, ochre and olive green, on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks of black, ochre and olive green, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1588/90

Artist:

Hendrick Goltzius
Dutch, 1558-1617
second edition printing by Willem Jansz. Blaeu
Amsterdam, 1605-1620

About this artwork

The Greek goddess of night, Nyx, was the mother of many deities, including those of sleep, dreams, misery, and death. In this image, her chariot is pulled by a fleet of bats and she is seated next to an owl, symbols of night and death. The rooster that rides atop her chariot can be seen as a symbol of night’s end, or a reference to the rooster that drew the chariot of the god Hermes to Hades. Chiaroscuro woodcuts like this one were usually made with several woodblocks; one with black ink was used to print the lines of the image, and the others produced tone by applying large colored areas to the image.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hendrick Goltzius

Title

Nox, plate seven from Demogorgon and the Deities

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality)

Date

1578–1617

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks of black, ochre and olive green, on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 34.7 × 26.3 cm (13 11/16 × 10 3/8 in.); Sheet: 40.8 × 34 cm (16 1/8 × 13 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Alfred E. Hamill

Reference Number

1946.357

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