Image Credit: Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558 – 1617) after a painting by (1588) Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem (Dutch, 1562 – 1638) The dragon devouring the companions of Cadmus 1588 engraving; first state image (sheet trimmed to image) 25.1 x 31.7cm. Gift of Dr J. Orde Poyton, 1959
RADICALS, SLAYERS AND VILLAINS
Prints from the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne
6 June 2015 – 9 August 2015
Radicals, Slayers and Villains is an exhibition drawn from the Baillieu Library’s impressive collection of over 8,000 prints, and date from the late 15th century to the 20th century. The exhibition curator, Kerrianne Stone, has brought together 66 prints that in some way respond to the central theme concerning the dark side of humanity and the characters, both mythological and historical, that have played a controversial role in their society.
The works on display reflect the Baillieu Library print collection’s particular strength in European old masters, including renowned works by Rembrandt, Dürer, and Francisco de Goya. Many of the most notable prints were donated by the medical practitioner and serious collector Dr John Orde Poynton, AO, CMG (1906-2001), who contributed more than 3,000 prints and 15,000 books to the collection.
Image Credit: Christoffel van Sichem II (Dutch, 1546 – 1624), Judith with the Head of Holofernes (n.d.) after Hendrik Goltzius (Dutch, 1558 – 1617) woodcut on laid paper sheet: 13.5 x 10.3 cm. Gift of Dr J. Orde Poyton, 1959
Image credit: exhibition installation, Latrobe Regional Gallery