Portrait of a Man

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Portrait of a Man


Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558 - 1617)






Pen and brown ink, incised for transfer


29.5 x 20.2 cm (11 5/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

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Hendrick Goltzius created this drawing as one of many "fantasy" portraits that he made after 1600. Because he drew the portrait in preparation for a woodcut, he chose his technique accordingly, creating shading and modeling with lines that could be carved in relief in a block of wood.

Goltzius had an uncanny talent of emulating the styles of the great masters, which he often displayed in these imaginary portraits. Here he took up Lucas van Leyden's manner, particularly in the flowing hatching of the fur collar and the rounded modeling of the fingers. Goltzius also gave pronounced emphasis to feathers, hair, and fur, aspects of his drawing that epitomized the styles of past Northern European masters. This imaginary portrait seems so lifelike and individualized that earlier scholars identified it with a specific person.

Drapery and Costume in European Drawings of the 15th through the 18th Century (March 28 to June 11, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), March 28 to June 11, 1995
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002
Casting Characters: Portraits and Studies of Heads (November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 4, 2003 to February 1, 2004