The Seven Vices


(Dutch, 1571–1631)
(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.)
Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 136 (XI.230)
State: ?/iii
Location: not on view
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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.



Jacob Matham, Hendrick Goltzius

(Dutch, 1571–1631), (Dutch, 1558–1617)
Netherlands, 16th century

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