Black and white chalk on blue paper (recto and verso)
As Reznicek noted (loc. cit.) this drawing relates to the 1596 engraving, in the same direction but smaller in scale, by Jan Saenredam, after Goltzius (fig. 1).1 He also pointed out that the print includes attributes in the corners, and a subsidiary scene with Mercury and Argus (in both cases absent from the drawing), and that, like other rather finely drawn, highly finished sheets relating to print designs2, the surface of the chalk has suffered significantly. Taking this into account, Reznicek concluded, surely correctly, that this drawing is an autograph work by Goltzius, a conclusion endorsed by the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorisches Documentatie, The Hague, where the drawing is filed as the study by Goltzius for the Saenredam print. Despite its very finished appearance, the preparatory nature of the drawing is confirmed by the two studies on the verso, which appear to explore alternative positions for Juno's right arm.
1. Hollstein 65; Bartsch III.241.64; 317 by 247 mm, including the borders and text
2. E.g. the drawing of David with the Head of Goliath, in the Seger Collection, Reznicek, op. cit., no. K17a
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