The Adoration of the Shepherds, from The Life of the Virgin

Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch, 1558 - 1617



Engraving on laid paper

Overall: 19 1/16 × 14 1/8 in. (48.4 × 35.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Jean and Adolph Weil, Jr. 1935 Fund and the Florence and Lansing Porter Moore 1937 Fund



Place Made: Netherlands, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed and dated, in block, lower left: HG. / A 1594. [H and G overlap]; numbered, in block, lower left: 3.; inscribed, in block, lower left margin: Caeli opifex, rerum dominus, Diuum atque hominum Rex / Nascitur en vilis tuguri sub pampere tecto,; inscribed, in block, lower right marign: Et praesepe tenet, quem non capit arduus aether, / Non mare, non tellus, non vasti machina mundi.; inscribed, in block, lower right margin: F. Estius.; inscribed, in graphite, on reverse, lower left: B.17 Watermark, lower center: [encircled six-pointed star]


James A. Bergquist, Newton Center, Massachusetts; sold to present collection, 2008.

Catalogue Raisonne

Bartsch 17; Hirschmann 11

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