Hendrik Goltzius, Helios, ca. 1584, chiaroscuro woodcut on paper, Museum Purchase: Pratt Fund, with additional funds provided by Friends of the Gilkey Center, the Bequest of Guinevere B. Hall, Andrée Stevens, Mary Clark, and others, public domain, 2010.66
This work is not currently on view.
Late Renaissance (mid-late 16th century)
chiaroscuro woodcut on paper
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image/sheet: 13 7/8 in x 10 5/8 in
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Museum Purchase: Pratt Fund, with additional funds provided by Friends of the Gilkey Center, the Bequest of Guinevere B. Hall, Andrée Stevens, Mary Clark, and others
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The influence of antique sculpture on northern printmaking is evident in Hendrik Goltzius’s masterful print of Helios. In this, one of seven oval chiaroscuro woodcuts of gods and goddesses that the Dutch artist produced between about 1588 and 1590, the deity stands astride a rainbow and is crowned with the rays of the sun. The rippling musculature of the figure, combined with the low vantage point of the print, gives Helios a dazzling and monumental presence, a fitting tribute to the Greek god of the sun.
2012 Mythologia: Gods, Heroes, and Monsters Portland Art Museum