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The Fight between Ulysses and Irus

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Jan Muller - Fight between Ulysses and Irus
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In a street thronged with spectators Ulysses stands over the massive body of Irus; the two fighters are naked and Ulysses is seen from behind, gesturing towards his defeated opponent and with his hand on his hip. 1589. Engraving

After: Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem
Published by: Hendrick Goltzius
Print made by: Jan Harmensz. Muller

Lettered with nine lines of text "Sponsos Penelopes ... victoria cedit" by "F.E." (Franco Estius). In lower right corner of the design "Ao 1589. / C.Conelij Harlemensis Inuent. [] HGoltzius excud.".

According to Filedt Kok there is a related oil sketch modello in an English private collection.

New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 30.I (The Muller Dynasty (Jan Harmensz Muller))
Bartsch III.276.30

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SKU xxab204
Picture Size 42,80 x 33 cm
Specification Print
technic Engraving
Artist Jan Muller
period 16th Century
School Dutch
subject Mythology
rating *****
Jan Harmensz. Muller (1571 - 1628 )
Draftsman; painter and printmaker who was born and worked in Amsterdam.

Throughout his life, Jan Harmensz. Muller made drawings, engravings, and paintings. He also worked at his family's successful publishing business, The Gilded Compasses. His father, a printmaker and art dealer, first trained him. Hendrick Goltzius's Mannerist figure style also profoundly influenced Muller. Whether he actually apprenticed to Goltzius in Haarlem or learned by copying Goltzius's prints and drawings is unknown. Muller had contact with many artists practicing in Prague, which was a flourishing cultural center. This contact probably occurred as the result of Muller's ties to the Dutch sculptor Adriaen de Vries, who was working at Emperor Rudolf II's court there. De Vries and Muller were related by marriage. Though he made engravings based on his own designs, most seem to have been after works by Haarlem Mannerists such as Goltzius or by Prague artists, including de Vries and Hans von Aachen. Muller spent 1594 through 1602 in Naples and Rome, making engravings. Upon returning to Amsterdam, he abandoned this work and began managing his father's publishing business, which he had inherited. He managed The Gilded Compasses for the remainder of his life. Muller's will and inventories show that he also painted, though only one painting is firmly attributed to him today.
The engravings by Muller turn out to be of the most sensetive from the mannerist period. His work after the De Vries statues is fenomenal.


Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; Dutch; Male; 1562 - 1638)

Mannerist painter and etcher, active in Haarlem. Pupil of Pieter Pietersz., the son of Pieter Aertsen.

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