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Frederick de Vries

Hendrick Goltzius (AKA Hendrik Goltz; Hendrick Goltius), Dutch, (February 1558–January 1, 1617)

Creation date: 1597
Creation place: Netherlands

Other Information

Type: Engraving
Medium and Support: Engraving on laid paper
Credit Line: Gift of Norman Leitman and Todd Butler
Accession Number: 2004.108
Dimensions: 14 1/16 in. x 10 5/16 in. (35.72 cm x 26.19 cm)

Label Copy

Goltzius produced many portraits of his family and close friends. In this example, however, the dog is handled with as much care and detail as the child: rather than a portrait of a boy with his dog, it might be called a double portrait of a boy and a dog. In the accompanying inscription Goltzius explains, “Perchance you do not understand what this print means. Here is the meaning in a few words. Simplicity seeks and loves fidelity. The faithful dog and the simple boy, whom Goltzius has brought to life in copper with a skilled hand, like that of Phidias.” Simplicity is here embodied by the boy Frederick de Vries, the son of the painter Dirck de Vries to whom the work is dedicated in the inscription. Fidelity, the spaniel, was Goltzius’s own pet.
Last Updated: 9/21/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Famous Face: Portraiture in Prints from Dürer to Warhol University of San Diego , 3/2/2007 - 5/27/2007

Mannered Bodies San Diego Museum of Art , 4/3/2010 - 7/25/2010

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julie Dunn, ed. The Famous Face: The University of San Diego. San Diego, California, 2007
Page Number: 15 no. 3


Signature, plate lower left:

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