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Allegory of Sight: PD.355-1963

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Current Location: In storage


Allegory of Sight


Draughtsman: Goltzius, Hendrik




History note: Julian G. Lousada, sold Sotheby's, 7 March 1947, lot 24 (as a study for a 'Diana'), bt. P. & D. Colnaghi; from whom bought by Sir Bruce Ingram (Lugt 1405a), June 1947

Measurements and weight

Height: 316 mm
Width: 207 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1963) by Ingram, Bruce Stirling, Sir


1598 CE - 1600 CE


One of a series of the Five Senses. 'Touch' is in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York; 'Taste' is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York; 'Smell' is in the collection of Eugene Thaw, New York; 'Hearing' is in a private collection in Belgium. The figure has been variously identified as Juno, Diana and Venus.

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Materials used in production

Grey wash
Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Black chalk and grey wash, heightened with white, traces of colour, on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Hendrick Goltzius
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.355-1963
Primary reference Number: 4670
Lugt: 1405a
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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