Skip to Content

Prints - Dutch 14-19th c.

Showing 1 of 313


  FILTER RESULTS
by Artist

Ceres Changing Stellio into a Lizard, after Jan van de Velde

17th century
21.1 cm x 16 cm (8 5/16 in. x 6 5/16 in.)

William Outgertsz. Akersloot (active Haarlem, 1620 - 1634 (?), The Hague) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Dutch
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.2387

In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, after the abduction of Proserpina, her mother, Ceres, lit a torch with the fires of Etna and set out to find her. Reaching the house of an old woman, she slaked her thirst with such avidness that a boy, Stellio, mocked her. Furious, Ceres cast grain at him, transforming him into a lizard. The subject, a metaphor of the elements and processes of nature, was popular around the turn of the century in Holland. Here, Akersloot was interpreting a design by Jan van de Velde and drawing inspiration from a nocturnal engraving by Hendrik Goudt, but bringing his own charming observation and miniaturist’s touch. The print is very rare, and effective only in such a fine impression. Most of Akersloot’s plates are reproductive of portrait paintings. Steinberg acquired an equally rare and fine impression of his Amalia, Princess of Solms with Her Children.

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:


Your current search criteria is: Portfolio is "Prints - Dutch 14-19th c.".

View current selection of records as:
CDWA Lite XML LIDO XML VRA Core 4 MODS XML Objects JSON







Web Privacy Policy | Web Accessibility Policy