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"Adoration of the Shepherds," ca. 1598-1600 (detail) by Hendrick Goltzius.
Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth
September 27, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Shaw Ruddock Gallery

The prints by the Dutch engraver, draftsman, and painter Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) are dazzling for their technical refinement and provocative sensuality. An enormously talented portraitist and an eloquent narrator of ancient myths and religious legend, Goltzius was the equivalent of an art-world star of early modern Europe whose light has not faded over the last four hundred years. This introduction to Goltzius’s art focuses on prints that were recently donated to Bowdoin by Charles Pendexter and David P. Becker, Class of 1970.


October 2, 2014 | 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Fall Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Celebrate exhibitions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art including Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective; Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth; Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum; and Alison de Vere: Psyche and Eros.
October 8, 2014 | 12:00 noon | Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Gallery Conversation: Drawing a Line from Tuttle to Goltzius
The prints of Hendrick Goltzius and Richard Tuttle will come to life in a gallery talk led by Carrie Scanga, assistant professor of art, and Joachim Homann, curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

November 4, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. | Room 315, Searles Science Building | Bowdoin College
Film and Conversation: Goltzius and the Pelican Company by Peter Greenaway
In Peter Greenaway’s imaginative portrait of the mannerist printmaker, Hendrick Goltzius appears as an artist who stages his seductive Old Testament images to finance work with new printing technologies. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Bowdoin College English professors Aviva Briefel and Aaron Kitch and curator Joachim Homann. Supported by the Stevens L. Frost Endowment Fund.  RSVPs are requested, but not required.  You may RSVP here.

November 20, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art Members’ Reception: Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth.
Museum members are invited to join in conversation and good cheer at a reception preceding the Thursday Night Salon on the exhibition Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth.

November 20, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Night Salon: “Hendrick Goltzius: Virtuoso Printmaker, Exquisite Painter”
Join three curators, George Keyes, former chief curator, Detroit Institute of Arts; Kurt Sundstrom, curator, Currier Museum of Art; and Joachim Homann, curator, Bowdoin College Museum of Art for a close-up examination and discussion of the delightful prints and an astonishing painting by Hendrick Goltzius.

"Adoration of the Shepherds," ca. 1598-1600 by Hendrick Goltzius.
“Minerva” from the series “Three Deities”, 1596 engraving.

"Portrait of Dirck Volckertsz. Coornhert," ca. 1591–1592, engraving.
"The Circumcision (from "The Early Life of the Virgin"), 1594. engraving.