Neptune, Hendrick Goltzius, after Polidoro da Caravaggio, 1592

Neptune, Hendrick Goltzius, after Polidoro da Caravaggio, 1592

engraving, h 354mm × w 215mm More details

Goltzius made this print after a monochrome fresco from around 1522-1527 on the façade of a Roman house, painted by Raphael’s pupil Polidoro da Caravaggio. Heemskerck, too, must have seen and copied the famous and fragile fresco, which has since been lost. Some elements from Heemskerck’s Neptune in this gallery, such as the right hand that seems to burst out of the picture plane, were inspired by Polidoro’s composition.

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