About this artwork
One of a group of four allegorical representations of the elements, this drawing reflects Jacques de Gheyn II’s innovative approach to the subject. Instead of gods and goddesses, De Gheyn chose earthly figures like a hunter to characterize Earth (Terra), a falconer to represent Air, a fisherman as Water, and a woman cooking game as Fire. The humble image belies his careful incorporation of different media: he layered ink and ink wash over a preliminary sketch executed in charcoal.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Jacob de Gheyn, II
- A Huntsman with a Dead Hare and a Dog (Study for "Terra")
- Pen and brown ink and brush and gray wash, over touches of charcoal, ruled with pen and black ink, on ivory laid paper, incised with a stylus for transfer, laid down on cream laid paper
- Inscribed recto, lower left corner, in pen and dark brown ink: "8"; verso, upper center, in red pencil: "Lot 439"; center, in graphite: "DeGheyn"; center, in graphite: "gegens Karletzen (?) dem Stiche Host. 49"; lower center, in graphite" "85"; lower margin, in graphite: "De Gheyn"; lower right, in blue pencil: "32"
- 167 × 137 mm (primary support); 189 × 156 mm (secondary support)
- Olivia Shaler Swan Fund