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Ulysses’ Fight with Irus
Müller, Jan Harmansz -Engraver-; Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Cornelis -Inventor-; Goltzius, Heindrick -Publisher-
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Müller, Jan Harmansz
Amsterdam, 1571 - Amsterdam, 1628
Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Cornelis
Haarlem, 1562 - Haarlem, 1638
Goltzius, Heindrick
Bracht-am-Niederrhein, 1558 - Haarlem, 1617

Ulysses’ Fight with Irus

1589. Burin on laid paper Not on display

This work illustrates an episode from the Odyssey in which young Irus challenges Ulysses to a fight, which the latter wins in presence of the inhabitants of Ithaca. Ulysses stands with his back to the viewer and the unconscious body of Irus lies at his feet. While Jan Harmensz. Muller’s name does not appear on this print, he is traditionally considered its engraver. The work is modeled after a panel painted in oils by Carnelis van Haarlem, now in a private English collection. It is a fine example of the mannerism that developed in the Netherlands, with a taste for exaggeratedly muscular and foreshortened figures in settings containing classicist architecture and surroundings halfway between Italian classicism and Northern costumbrismo. This print from the Museo del Prado was part of an album belonging to the VII Marquis of El Carpio, don Gaspar de Haro y Guzmán (1629-1687), and is mentioned in the inventory that his secretary, Juan Vélez de León, carried out in Madrid in 1687: N 12. Un altro [album] dell`istessagrandezza con copertacremese con figure intagliate da Enrico Golzio. The album’s original red-leather binding with gold adornments is also at the Museo del Prado and bears the title Opere del Golzio e del Bloemart on its spine. The frontispiece has the album’s title as well as the observation that the works were assembled by painter Giuseppe Ghezzi (1634-1721): OPERE / DI / ARRIGO GOLZIO / ET / ABRAMO BLOEMART / RACCOLTE / PER IL SUO STUDIO / DA / GIUSEPPE GHEZZ.. Ghezzi played a decisive role in shaping the Marquis of El Carpio’s collections.

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Inventory number
G005831
Author
Müller, Jan Harmansz -Engraver-; Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Cornelis -Inventor-; Goltzius, Heindrick -Publisher-
Title
Ulysses’ Fight with Irus
Date
1589
Technique
Burin
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height of the plate mark: 425 mm.; Width of the plate mark: 333 mm.; Alto segundo soporte: 476 mm.; Ancho segundo soporte: 366 mm.
Provenance
VII Marquis of El Carpio’s collections; Margarita de Dios Cano; Acquired 2015.

Bibliography +

Filedt Kok, Jan Piet (comp.); Hinterding, Erik (Ap.); Luijten, Ger y Schuckman, Ch. (eds.), The Muller Dynasty. Part II. The new Hollstein Dutch & Flemish etchings, engravings and w..., XII. Parte II, Sound & Vision Publishers, Rotterdam, 1999, pp. 113, nº 30.

Goddard, Stephen H. y Ganz, James A., Goltzius & The Third Dimension, Williamstown, Ma, 2001, pp. 28, il. 26.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Memoria de actividades 2015, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2016, pp. 126-128.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2898.

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Update date: 07-05-2019 | Registry created on 01-09-2015

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