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Inscription

in image, at bottom centre: B. Spranger. Inuentor. H Goltzius sculptor. / Ao 1588; below image: Mundi oculus Phaebus, mundi Iux, omnia ceruit, / Sub nitido arcanum est Sole, latensqué nihil. / Martis adulterium blanda cum Ciipride, nexu / Mulciberis, dictis praebet abunde fidem. / Nudus uterqué iacet: nil sic caelatur, at atra / Nax operit, prodat quin, referetqué dies.

Provenance

(sale, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, 1903-1904). Ruth Kainen, Washington, D.C. (not in Lugt); Gift to NGA, 2012.

Bibliography
1921
Hirschmann, Otto. Verzeichnis des graphischen Werks von Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) mit Benutzung der durch E.W. Moest hinterlassenen Notizen zusammengestellt. Leipzig: Verlag von Klinkhardt und Biermann, 1921. Reprint. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt &Bie; no. 321, i/iv
1993
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. (Hendrick Goltzius, Marjolein Leesburg, author). Rotterdam: Sound & Vision Interactive, 1996-, no. 340, i/iv