Dec 1, 2006


The Seven Vices



Jacob Matham

(Dutch, 1571-1631)

after Hendrick Goltzius

(Dutch, 1558–1617)


Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 33.2 x 17.7 cm (13 1/16 x 6 15/16 in.); Platemark: 32 x 16.3 cm (12 5/8 x 6 7/16 in.)

Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Louise S. Richards 1991.251

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 136 (XI.230)

State: ?/iii



In this print, which comes from a series of fourteen engravings, Envy is shown as an old hag eating a heart, a visual metaphor for the expression "eating your heart out" with resentment. Jacob Matham was Goltzius's stepson and pupil and entered his Haarlem workshop in 1581. A highly prolific engraver, Matham produced prints after artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Abraham Bloemaert (1564–1651), and especially Goltzius. When Goltzius ceased his activities as a printmaker around 1600, Matham took over the workshop.

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PR - Engraving
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