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upper zone, in plate, names of subject and personifications engraved in image: DAVID, SAUL, and SEMEI; lower right, in plate, numbered in image: 4; below image, in plate: DAVID magnanimus fortem virtute Leonem / Vicit, & infandum Goliath, vicitque; ferocem / Vrsum: sed regem Saulem ambitione tumentem, / Risoresque suos tulit, & fræno rationis / Vicit, nec voluit sceleratas sumere poenas: / Verum hæcquis dubitat divino numine facta? (By his courage the gallant David triumphed over the mighty lion and the abominable Goliath, and vanquished the ferocious bear. But he endured King Saul, swollen with ambition, and his mockers and conquered them with the bridle of reason, not wishing to take revenge wickedly. But who can doubt that this all came to pass through God's mighty will? [translation from Veldman, Ilja. "Dirck Volkertsz. Coornhert and Heemskerck's allegories." In Maarten van Heemskerck and Dutch humanism in the sixteenth century, p.65. Maarssen: Gary Schwartz, 1977.])

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Provenance

(Craddock and Barnard, London); purchased by NGA, 1974.

Associated Names
Craddock and Barnard
Exhibition History
2009
The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480 - 1650, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2009 - 2010, cat. by Emily J. Peters.
Bibliography
1949
Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. German engravings, etchings and woodcuts ca. 1400-1700. 8 vols. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1954-1868. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Vols. I-XV, XVIII, XIX. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger.
1993
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. Maarten van Heemskerck. Parts I and II. Compiled by Ilja M. Veldman and edited by Ger Luijten. Roosendaal: Koninklijke van Poll, 1993.
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