The Circumcision, plate four from The Birth and Early Life of Christ

A work made of engraving on off-white laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on off-white laid paper.

Date:

1594

Artist:

Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558-1617)
text written by Cornelius Schonaeus

About this artwork

This celebrated print belongs to the Life of the Virgin series. Goltzius’s composition and method of using burin is deceptively close to that of Albrecht Dürer. Although Goltzius succeeded in capturing Dürer’s style, he also imposed his own ideas and settings. The artist set the scene in an exact rendering of a chapel of St. Bravo’s Church in Haarlem. The artist also portrayed himself standing in the arched doorway in the background, gazing out at the viewer. This is the earliest extant portrait of the artist.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hendrick Goltzius

Title

The Circumcision, plate four from The Birth and Early Life of Christ

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1594

Medium

Engraving on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

464 x mm 353 mm (image); 480 x 354 mm (plate/sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2199

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