The Fall of Phaeton, from the series Ovid's Metamorphoses

Artist: Anonymous, Netherlandish, 17th century

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

Date: ca. 1588

Medium: Engraving

Dimensions: Image: 6 15/16 x 9 15/16 in. (17.7 x 25.2 cm)
Sheet: 7 1/8 x 10 3/16 in. (18.1 x 25.8 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949

Accession Number: 49.97.662


Phaeton, who recklessly drove Apollo's chariot through the heavens, tumbles from the shattered vehicle toward the earth. Zeus holds high a thunderbolt as he puts an end to Phaeton's rampage. This is one of the engravings produced for an engraved series of Ovid's Metamorphoses. The engravings for the series do not display the virtuosity of Goltzius's autograph works and were no doubt made by members of his workshop.