Frederick de Vries, 1597


Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.169

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Young Frederik de Vries lived with Hendrick Goltzius while his father, painter Dirck de Vries, was away working in Venice. It was almost unheard of at the time for a child to receive his own portrait, but Goltzius wanted to make this for Frederik's father. The print portrays the boy in the heroic pose of a falconer, a dove as his raptor. The dog, engraved with extraordinary detail, is Goltzius's own beloved spaniel. This level of precision was all the more remarkable, because Goltzius, at about a year old, burned his hands, causing his right hand to become disfigured.

Frederick de Vries
Artist Life
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Str.344 ii/iii; Holl.218 ii/iii; B.190
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