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Neptune's Kingdom

  • Object:

    Engraving

  • Place of origin:

    Belgium (possibly, printed)
    Netherlands (possibly, printed)

  • Date:

    1587 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gheyn, Jacques de II, born 1565 - died 1629 (engraver)
    Tettenrode, W. van (Designer)
    Goltzius, Hendrick (Publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    16377

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 20

This engraving by Jacques de Gheyn II shows Neptune, the mythological god who ruled the sea and all sea-creatures. He is identifiable by the trident, or three-pronged staff he carries. He is shown surrounded by tritons (mermen), nereids (sea-nymphs) and hippocamps (seahorses), as well as cupids, a popular motif in Renaissance art. Neptune also represents one of the four elements, Water.

Physical description

Engraving

Place of Origin

Belgium (possibly, printed)
Netherlands (possibly, printed)

Date

1587 (printed)

Artist/maker

Gheyn, Jacques de II, born 1565 - died 1629 (engraver)
Tettenrode, W. van (Designer)
Goltzius, Hendrick (Publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered in the upper centre of the plate:

'Guilelmus Telrtio inuet. HGoltzios excud. / ano. 1587 Jacques de Gheijn sculp.'

Dimensions

Diameter: 25.1 cm

Object history note

The central roundel shows the classical sea-god Neptune, who can be identified by the trident he carries. Around him are cupids and creatures from his retinue: tritons (mermen), nereids (sea-nymphs) and hippocamps (seahorses).

Descriptive line

Jacques de Gheyn II after W.van Tettenrode. Design for a bronze plaque or dish showing 'Neptune's Kingdom'. Holland or Flanders, 1587.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

(Berlin II) Berlin Staatlich Museen., Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39, 725.
Hollstein, F. W. H., et al. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700 (Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1949-ongoing): vol. VII, 141-2.

Labels and date

PRINT: NEPTUNE'S KINGDOM
Low Countries, 1587
Engraving by Jacob de Gheyn II (1565-1629) after W. van Tettenrode

The central roundel shows the classical sea-god Neptune, who can be identified by the trident he carries. Around him are cupids and creatures from his retinue: tritons (mermen), nereids (sea-nymphs) and hippocamps (seahorses). This print could serve as a design for a dish. []

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Putti; Tridents; Nereids; Tritons; Sea-horses; Deities; Creatures

Categories

Prints; Myths & Legends; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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