view single item

Photo credit: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

IMPORTANT: Images displayed via this interface may NOT be reproduced without the express permission of the artist or the artist's representative. Please contact the Johnson Museum with any questions regarding image rights and reproduction.

Title: Oceanus, from Children of the Demogorgon
Date: ca. 1594
Medium: Chiaroscuro woodcut
Dimensions: Image: 13 5/8 x 10 3/8 inches (34.6 x 26.4 cm); Sheet: 15 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches (39.4 x 28.9 cm)
Credit Line: Acquired through the Herbert F. Johnson, Class of 1922, Endowment
Object Number: 84.039.002
Label Text: As with his engraving of the Farnese Hercules in the next gallery, Goltzius’s Oceanus takes inspiration from ancient sculpture he saw while in Rome in 1592. It is an inventive “completion” of the Belvedere Torso, a Hellenistic sculptural fragment missing arms, head, and legs that formed part of the papal collection in Rome from the late fifteenth century onward. Many artists, including Goltzius and Michelangelo, took on the game of completing the torso in drawings, prints, and paintings. (“Undressed: The Nude in Context, 1500-1750,” text by Andrew C. Weislogel and presented at the Johnson Museum February 9-June 16, 2019)

NOTE: This electronic record is compiled from historic documentation which may not reflect the Johnson Museum's complete or current knowledge of the object. Review and refinement of such records is ongoing.