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Transformation of the World – Masterpieces by Hendrick Goltzius

Exhibition: 31 October 2020 - 21 March 2021

This exhibition has been created in partnership with the art collection of the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen and is on view at the Augustinermuseum in Freiburg. It presents selected works from Goltzius’ œuvre, from his first editorial work to his final print motif.

The Dutch engraver and painter Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617 was the first meta-artist of the graphic arts. Then as now, his artisanal virtuosity and creative pictorial invention enthral us. He emulated different engraving techniques and styles, surpassing them in what he had to say. In contrast to his contemporaries, he was an all-round talent who himself drafted, engraved and published. His heroes, goddesses and heaven-assailers revere the human body and radiate im-mense dynamism. Ancient mythologies and Christian topics were included in his repertoire, as were moralising allegories.

The exhibition is curated by Prof. Dr. Michael Thimann, Dr. Anne-Katrin Sors, Dr. Stephanie Stroh. A catalogue of the exhibition is published by Michael Imhof Verlag in Petersberg.