Style and
Perfection

Hendrick Goltzius and Dutch Mannerist Printmaking

4 June to 14 September 2014

On view in the gallery of the Department of Prints and Drawings, this special exhibition revolved primarily around some sixty-five works by the artist Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) dating from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Goltzius’s œuvre is characterised by highly erudite and deliberately complex themes as well as extreme stylisation, and – thanks to the international dissemination of the artist’s engravings – came to be known all over Europe.

Altogether the exhibition presented a superb selection of some one hundred prints and four supplementary drawings of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In addition to key works by Goltzius, it also featured a number of important artists from his circle: Jan Harmensz. Muller (1571–1628), Jan Saenredam (1565–1607), Jacques de Gheyn II. (1565–1629) and Jacob Matham (1571–1631).

CURATORS: Dr. Martin Sonnabend and Annett Gerlach, Städel Museum

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