Hendrik Goltzius, Mars and Venus, 1588, National Gallery of Art

Jan Muller, Cain Killing Abel, c.1589, National Gallery of Art

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Northern Mannerist Prints at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

The National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Several works of leading painters from the Netherlands will be displayed at the exhibition ‘Extravagant Bodies: Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection’, National Gallery of Art in Washington until January 5, 2014.

A spectacular selection of northern mannerist prints from the Kainen Collection will be showcased. The exhibition includes every major artist of this extraordinary style and features many of their masterpieces, including Hendrick Goltzius’ early Mars and Venus, Jacob Matham’s monumental Table of Cebes, and Jan Muller’s heroic plates of Bellona and the Apotheosis of the Arts. This exhibition, the first of three to focus on central aspects of her bequest, presents some 50 works that embody the sophisticated imagery, extraordinary stylization, and virtuoso technique of the printmaking industry that flourished in the northern Netherlands and at the imperial court of Prague in the late 16th century. The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art.


Hendrik Goltzius, after Bartholomaeus Spranger
Mars and Venus, 1588

National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen

Jan Muller, after Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem
Cain Killing Abel, c.1589

National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen

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