Goltzius – Juno, Queen of the Gods – Old Master Engraving

Hendrik Goltzius

(1558-1617)

The Dutch printmaker and painter Hendrik Goltzius became the foremost Dutch engraver of the mannerist movement.

Goltzius marriage to a wealthy widow at the age of 21 allowed him to establish an independent business in Haarlem.  In 1590 he traveled to Italy, where he fell under the spell of Michelangelo’s work. Many of his later works were exaggerated interpretations of the Italian master.

Goltzius is considered among the greatest master of the burin, the tool used to make copperplate engravings.  He pioneered several engraving techniques such as the “dot and lozenge” where dots are inserted in the lozenge shaped spaces created by cross-hatching to add nuance to the shading.

JUNO

The ancient Roman goddess Juno (Latin: IVNO) was a daughter of Saturn and the wife of Jupiter.  She is the equivalent of the Greek goddess Hera, protector of love and marriage, and was considered the queen of the Gods.

Dimensions: 150 x 220 mm

Condition:There are several spots in the center of the print (on the goddess’ cheek, chest and neck)