A Seated Monkey on a Chain, Hendrick Goltzius, 1592 - 1602

A Seated Monkey on a Chain, Hendrick Goltzius, 1592 - 1602

black, ochre, and red chalks, h 406mm × w 300mm More details

With masterly strokes and hatching, Hendrick Goltzius drew this Asian rhesus monkey, recognizable by its pinkish face, framed by fur. He devoted a great deal of attention to the faithful rendering of the fur, cleverly using the white of the paper to create subtle contrasts of light and dark. A fettered monkey had a special meaning, alluding to sinful man who is shackled to the earth through his lust for wealth.

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