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Proserpine, plate five from Demogorgon and the Dieties

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in black and two shades of gray on paper.
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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in black and two shades of gray on paper.

Date:

c. 1588–90

Artist:

Hendrick Goltzius
Dutch, 1558-1617

About this artwork

Although Goltzius’s advances in line engraving found many followers, few pursued his equally original exploration of chiaroscuro woodcuts. This is one of a series of six oval-format chiaroscuro woodcuts of male and female goddesses. Persephone was abducted by Pluto to Hades and retrieved for six months each year by Demeter, her mother; with the establishment of this natural cycle, she is considered a symbol of fertility.

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Artist

Hendrick Goltzius

Title

Proserpine, plate five from Demogorgon and the Dieties

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1587–1591

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut in black and two shades of gray on paper

Dimensions

345 × 261 mm (oval)

Credit Line

Gift of Alfred E. Hamill

Reference Number

1927.985

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