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Mercury, 1596

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 237 x 175 mm
  • Inv. 2014-MV-4

Public Domain

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Amid several artists, the naked Mercury stands on a pedestal as ruler of the arts. In the foreground, two writers are having a discussion. In the sky we see the symbols of Mercury (centre) and the constellations twins (left) and virgin (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 Mercury
Date 1596
Period 16th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-MV-4
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055866 allegory (artistic device) AAT
300417629 mythologies (religious concept) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 23O23 Gemini (zodiacal sign of May) Iconclass
23O33 Virgo (zodiacal sign of August) Iconclass
31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A231 standing figure Iconclass
31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
48B3 portrait, self-portrait of artist Iconclass
48C513 portrait, self-portrait of painter Iconclass
48C5151 easel Iconclass
48C5152 palette Iconclass
48C5153 brushes ~ implements of painter Iconclass
48C5157 maulstick Iconclass
48C91 writer, poet, author Iconclass
48C93 portrait of a writer Iconclass
92 gods ~ classical mythology Iconclass
480 symbolic representations, allegories and emblems ~ art; 'Arte' (Ripa) Iconclass
92B5 (story of) Mercury (Hermes) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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