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The untangling of Chaos (or the Creation of the Four Elements)

The untangling of Chaos (or the Creation of the Four Elements)
1589
plate 1 from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book 1 4-75

Medium
engraving
Measurements
16.7 × 25.2 cm (image) 17.9 × 5.8 cm (sheet, trimmed to platemark on three sides)
Place/s of Execution
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Edition
2nd edition
Printing/Publishing
published by Claes Jansz. Visscher
Inscription
printed in ink (in image) u.c.: OVID II METAM. LIB. I.
printed in ink (in image) l.l.: HG(monogram)oltzius inuen / Ao 1589.
printed in ink l.l.: E'tenebris deforme Chaos secessit oborta / Luce suoqɜ (qɜ joined) loco cunt queqɜ (qɜ joined) Elementa locata
printed in ink l.c.: CIVißcher CIV (monogram) excudebat.
printed in ink l.c.r.: Astra polo radiant, quibus imminet ingeus Æther, / Aera subsequitur Pontus, subit vltima Tellus.
Accession Number
3051-3
Departments
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1926
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display