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Allegory of Spring
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Allegory of Spring

Dutch 16th century (1500 - 1599)

After Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617)

Height: 39 cm; Width: 26.6 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
This drawing demonstrates the important role of prints in disseminating new artistic inventions as it copies the figure representing the season of spring in an engraving after a design by Hendrick Goltzius. Goltzius based his female figure of Spring on Donatello‘s famous David (around 1440) and played on the sculpture’s androgyny, adding garlands and a basket of fresh leaves, attributes of the female personification of Spring. (Permanent collection label)

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

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