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Goltzius and the third dimension

Exhibition: 7 October 2001 - 6 January 2002

From the museum website, 26 March 2009

The exhibition Goltzius and the Third Dimension explores the theory that Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617), the most esteemed Dutch printmaker of the late 1500s, used sculptural models by Willem Danielsz. van Tetrode (c. 1525-1580) in designing some of his most famous engravings and woodcuts. While the relationship between Goltzius and Tetrode has been debated by art historians for almost thirty years, this exhibition provides the first opportunity for the general public and scholarly community to see the prints and bronzes together and judge the strength of the argument for themselves. The objects at the center of this controversy depict some of the most powerful images of the male nude in the history of Dutch art. This exhibition was made possible by the generous loan of thirty-three prints and three bronzes from the Collection of the Hearn Family Trust.


Goltzius and the third dimension
Stephen H. Goddard and James A. Ganz
Catalogue of an exhibition held in 2001-02 in Williamstown (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute)
78 pp.
Williamstown (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute) 2001
ISBN 0-931102-43-X