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The Painter

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

1616

Artist:

Jan Saenredam (Dutch, 1565-1607)
after Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558-1617)

About this artwork

Jan Saenredam frequently engraved the designs of other artists, especially Hendrick Goltzius and Abraham Bloemaert. The Painter offers an allegory of artistic inspiration based on the story that Saint Luke (the patron saint of painters) depicted the Virgin Mary from a vision. Dirk Vellert’s version of this scene epitomizes that iconography. Here, Mary becomes a nude Venus accompanied by a mirror-wielding Cupid, but the tone of the image remains reverential to the art form. Even the saint’s glasses, frequently used in this period to denote fools, lack any satirical sting.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jan Saenredam

Title

The Painter

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality)

Date

1616

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

24.5 × 18.5 cm (9 11/16 × 7 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2414

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