“SCIENTIA”

Description
In this engraving, Scientia (representing wisdom) appears as a seated woman in flowing garb, with a tablet on her lap and a pair of dividers in her hand. The “H. G.” monogram in the lower left is that of Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617), the prolific and accomplished Dutch engraver, print publisher, draftsman and painter who created the image, probably after his trip to Rome in 1590. Jan Saenredam (1565-1607), an engraver who worked in Goltzius’ studio, probably engraved the plate. Similar images from the same set represent two other virtues: diligence and patience.
Ref: Huigen Leeflang, et al., Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617): Drawings, Prints and Paintings (Zwolle: Waanders, 2003), vol. 3, pp. 195-196, 200-201.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
print
date made
ca 1595-1607
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 3/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 29.845 cm x 23.495 cm
place made
Nederland: Noord-Holland, Haarlem
ID Number
PH*329965
catalog number
329965
accession number
286289
subject
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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