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Julius Caesar, Perpetual Dictator, from Twelve Famous Greek and Roman Men

A work made of engraving on buff laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving on buff laid paper.

Date:

c. 1633

Artist:

Boëtius Adamsz. Bolswert (Dutch, active in Flanders, 1580-1663)
after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640)

About this artwork

Peter Paul Rubens’s series of important Greek and Romans reflected the antiquarian culture in which he participated as a collector, as a scholar, and as an interpreter of Classical forms. Rubens’s drawing for this engraving may in fact copy an antique sculpture bust he personally owned. Julius Caesar was one of a dozen figures he selected for the series, along with other Romans such as Caesar’s assassin, Brutus, and the emperor Nero. Despite his learned appreciation for the past, Rubens misinterpreted another bust of Julius Caesar and published it as a portrait of Caesar’s contemporary the writer, orator, and politician Cicero.

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Artist

Boëtius Adamsz. Bolswert

Title

Julius Caesar, Perpetual Dictator, from Twelve Famous Greek and Roman Men

Origin

Flanders

Date

Printed 1629–1635

Medium

Engraving on buff laid paper

Dimensions

270 × 207 mm (image); 285 × 210 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Harry L. Calvin

Reference Number

1972.429

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