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Image of The Three Fates

Hendrick Goltzius
Dutch, 1558–1617

The Three Fates

about 1587

Object Type: Print
Diam: 13 7/16 in. (34.13 cm)
Medium and Support: Engraving on paper
Accession Number: 2008.0016

Credit Line: Gift of the Weil Print Endowment in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.

"Die Drei Parzen" (The Three Fates) was designed and engraved by Goltzius in about 1587, and reproduces an earlier drawing, which is also in the round format, in reverse. This engraving falls within the period of Goltzius’ high Mannerist style, and prior to his visit to Italy in 1590. At this time, Goltzius and his workshop were producing series of works focusing on mythological subjectsThe Three Fates is a subject derived from Greek and Roman mythology. The iconography of the three goddesses as representations of determiners of human destiny, life span, and death dates from at least the Eighth Century, BC.

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