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Saturn, 1596

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 234 x 173
  • Inv. 2014-MV-1

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In a landscape, the naked Saturn stands on a pedestal as ruler of agriculture. He has a scythe in his hand and is devouring one of his children. Around Saturn, farmers are harvesting grain. In the sky, we see the symbols of Saturn (centre) and the constellations Capricorn (left) and Aquarius (right). The print is part of a series of seven representations called the planetary gods.


Jan Saenredam RKD
Zaandam 1565 - 1566 - Assendelft 1607
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Hendrick Goltzius RKD
Brüggen 1558 - Haarlem 1617

Cornelius Schonaeus Wikidata
Gouda 1540 - Haarlem 1611

Title Saturn
Date 1596
Period 16th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-MV-1
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055866 allegory (artistic device) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300417629 mythologies (religious concept) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 12F91(SATURNALIA) 'Saturnalia', feast in honour of Saturn Iconclass
23O11 Capricorn (zodiacal sign of December) Iconclass
23O12 Aquarius (zodiacal sign of January) Iconclass
24C221 Saturn and his children ('Planetenkinder') ~ Aquarius and Capricorn Iconclass
31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A2321 leaning forward Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA2321 leaning forward - AA - female human figure Iconclass
41A18 hut, cabin, lodge Iconclass
46A14 farmers Iconclass
46AA14 farmers - AA - female farmer, farmer's wife Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
47I1 agriculture Iconclass
47I111 cereal, grain, corn (grass with grains, grown for food, e.g.: wheat, rice, rye, oats, maize, buckwheat, millet) Iconclass
47I14 harvest Iconclass
47I141 reaping, picking, mowing ~ harvest Iconclass
47I142 binding ~ harvest Iconclass
47I15(SCYTHE) agricultural implements: scythe Iconclass
47I15(SICKLE) agricultural implements: sickle Iconclass
47I2271 stall, stable Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
91B111 (story of) Saturn (Cronus) Iconclass
91B11141 Saturn devouring his children Iconclass
92 gods ~ classical mythology Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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