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Title: Hendrick Goltzius en de oorsprong van kwab
Author(s): LEEFLANG, Huigen
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Interieurgeschiedenis en Design
Volume: 42 Date: 2020
In the exhibition and catalogue Kwab: Dutch Design in the age of Rembrandt, the beginning of the auricular style is marked by two engravings by Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617). The ornamental drinking cup, held by Bacchus in an engraving of c. 1595, predates Paulus van Vianen’s first actual object in the auricular style by approximately twelve years. Even earlier, in 1591, Goltzius already applied auricular ornament in the monumental portrait of his teacher Dirck Volckertsz Coornhert. Although in the literature Goltzius has often been mentioned as an important source of inspiration for the Van Vianens, his invention and use of auricular motives have never been examined in detail. The artist’s pivotal role in the development of kwab is discussed here on the basis of various examples from his oeuvre, some works even dating from the 1580s.