An image of Pluto

Hendrick Goltzius

(Netherlands 1558 – 1617)

Pluto

Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

Pluto, also called Hades, ruled over the land of the dead and very rarely allowed anyone to return from his kingdom. With his back turned to the viewer Pluto surveys the flaming scene. Next to him the five rivers of the underworld – Lethe, Styx, Cocytus, Phlegethon, and Acheron – are spilling from an urn. In the background the lost souls meet the three infernal judges.

Year
1588-1590
Media
Print
Medium
chiaroscuro woodcut, line block in black and tone blocks in dark grey and pale grey
Dimensions
34.7 x 26.2 cm image (oval); 39.0 x 29.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.c., [incised block] "HG.fe [artist's monogram]". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
228.1983