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ID number:  BIRBI-56.11
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Goltzius, Hendrik (1558-1617); after van Haarlem, Cornelis (1562-1638)
Title / Object name:  The companions of Cadmus devoured by the dragon
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Haarlem
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1588
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Plate: 253 x 318 mm; mount: 405 x 556 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Craddock & Barnard, July 1956, for £2.10.0

Hendrick Goltzius worked with the artist, Cornelius van Haarlem, at the 'Academy' of Harlem, who made the painting (now at the National Gallery London) from which this engraving derives. Ripping claws, fangs gouging deep into flesh, scattered heads and shredded bodies provide a graphic portrayal of the fate met by the companions of Cadmus. The opposing forces of the upward thrust of the dying companion's arm and the downward plunge of the dragon's neck combine with the contorted male forms to create a sense of emotion in this depiction of an episode from Ovid’s, 'Metamorphosis', III: 28-63.

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