The Annunciation to the Virgin. Engraving by Hendrik Goltzius, 1594.

  • Goltzius, Hendrik, 1558-1617.
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Foreground left, the Virgin's sewing basket containing scissors and thread. Right, the Archangel shows the sole of his foot to the viewer


[Amsterdam] : C.J. Visscher excudit, [1594?]

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1 print : engraving


Pone metum virgo, celsi tibi nuncius adsum / Missus ab arce poli, paries intacta stupente / Natura, ut veterum cecinere oracula vatum, / Teque dei matrem totus venerabitur orbis. Serenissimo principi, ac illustrissimo d(omi)no D. Guilielmo. V. Comiti Palat. Rhe. utriusq(ue) Bavariæ duci &c. Ut mediis Proteus se transformabat in undis, / Formosae cupido Pomon(a)e captus amore: / Sic varia, Princeps, tibi nunc se Goltzius arte / Commutat sculptor mirabilis, atque repertor. C. Schonæus. HG Ao. 1594. Lettering includes dedication to Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria


The first in a series of six prints by Goltzius of episodes in the life of the Virgin

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, Vienna 1803, vol. 3, p. 15, Goltzius no. 15 (does not mention printing by Visscher)
Elissa Auerbach, 'Marian piety and the forging of the community in Hendrick Goltzius's the Life of the Virgin', Marian Studies, 2009, 60: article 13


Wellcome Collection 493436i



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