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Allegory of Spring
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Allegory of Spring


Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617)

Jacob Matham (1571 - 1631)

Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617)

Engraving and etching

Diameter: 26.0 cm (plate mark);

Printed, outer edge, Mitior aurato vellere tingit humum // ...

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt Library; transfer; 1990

About this work
Goltzius was praised by his contemporary Karel van Mander as being able to refashion his art through the careful study of others’ work. Here, the representation of Spring is modelled on the bronze sculpture of David by the early Renaissance artist Donatello. As Goltzius had not yet travelled to Italy when he designed this figure, he must have based it on a reproduction, proving his ability to transform the slender poised body of David into a dynamic figure capturing the abundance of spring. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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