Apollo

Artist: Hendrick Goltzius (Netherlandish, Mühlbracht 1558–1617 Haarlem)

Date: 1588

Medium: Engraving

Dimensions: Sheet: 10 3/8 x 13 3/4 in. (26.4 x 34.9 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951

Accession Number: 51.501.3

Description

The elegant figure of Apollo strides forward on a swirling bank of clouds. The sun god's hair rises in the air like flames. The inscription, which would usually be in a straight line at the bottom of the print, here encircles Apollo's head like a halo. Such a bravura play on the conventions of engraving is a hallmark of Goltzius's Mannerist style. This engraving is one of his early displays of the so-called bulbous style, characterized by an unnatural exaggeration of musculature accentuated by the engraver's swelling and tapering lines that turn with the forms

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