An image of Pluto

Hendrick Goltzius

(Netherlands 1558 – 1617)

Pluto

Location
Not on display
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
circa 1594
Media
Print
Medium
chiaroscuro woodcut
Dimensions
34.7 x 26.2 cm image (oval); 39.2 x 29.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.c., [incised block] "I.G...". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
228.1983