31 October 2020 to 21 March 2021
Transformation of the World – Masterpieces by Hendrick Goltzius
Augustinermuseum – Haus der Graphischen Sammlung
The Dutch engraver and painter Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617 was the first meta-artist of the graphic arts. Then as now, his artisanal virtuosity and creative pictorial invention enthral us. He emulated different engraving techniques and styles, surpassing them in what he had to say. In contrast to his contemporaries, he was an all-round talent who himself drafted, engraved and published. His heroes, goddesses and heaven-assailers revere the human body and radiate im-mense dynamism. Ancient mythologies and Christian topics were included in his repertoire, as were moralising allegories.
The exhibition has been created in partnership with the art collection of the Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen. It presents selected works from Goltzius’ œuvre, from his first editorial work to his final print motif.