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Mars, 1596

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 232 x 174 mm
  • Inv. 2014-MV-2

Public Domain

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The naked Mars stands on a pedestal amidst an army as ruler of the arts of war. He holds a sword and halberd in his hands, a shield leans against his leg. Surrounding Mars are soldiers on foot and on horseback, in the foreground a drummer. In the sky we see the symbols of the constellations ram (left) and scorpion (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 Mars
Date 1596
Period 16th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-MV-2
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300417629 mythologies (religious concept) AAT
300055866 allegory (artistic device) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300263554 animal paintings AAT
Keywords Iconclass 23O21 Aries (zodical sign of March) Iconclass
23O42 Scorpio (zodiacal sign of October) Iconclass
31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
45B the soldier; the soldier's life Iconclass
45B51 military parade, pageant Iconclass
46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
92 gods ~ classical mythology Iconclass
92B4 (story of) Mars (Ares) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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