Jupiter and Mercury in the House of Philemon and Baucis
Den Haag 1583 – 1648 Utrecht
after Adam Elsheimer (1578 – 1610)
"Jupiter and Mercury in the House of Philemon and Baucis", 1612
Etching, 21.4 x 22.2 cm
Signed and dated in the plate, in the margin: HGoudt ... 1612 (HG intertwined). Latin verses in calligraphic lettering below.
Literature: Bartsch 6; Dutuit 5, Wurzbach 6; Hollstein 6 II (II)
Very fine and rich impression, strongly printed with subtle contrasts, a highly skilful repaired tear in the upper right part, with the full borderline and small margins on three sides, the bottom remargined slightly within the last line of the verses, otherwise in good condition.
Second state with the Latin verses in the lower margin. Hollstein records only one impression of the first state (Dresden, print room). Goudt made the etching after a painting by Adam Elsheimer, with whom he had lived and worked in Rome, and which came into his possession after the painter’s death in 1610 (Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Gemäldegalerie: inv.no. 1977).
Already during his lifetime, Goudt’s prints were highly collectable and considered as works of art in their own right. The artist was especially celebrated for his splendid chiaroscuro effect, which was of profound influence on later Dutch printmakers.