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Standing Officer Holding a Boar's Spear

In the 1580s, Goltzius began a large print series of full-length portraits of Dutch soldiers in landscapes. This is the only known preparatory design for that group. With his elegant dress and confident swagger, the captain is shown at the helm of an orderly and outfitted regiment pictured in the landscape beyond. In 1586, the United Provinces of the Netherlands (present-day Netherlands) remained a fledgling republic still at war with Spain. Goltzius's standing officers have been interpreted as part of a propaganda campaign to bolster confidence and support for the Dutch military and publicize its prowess to a wide audience.

Credit: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund

1586
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, red chalk with traces of white opaque watercolor over black chalk, on paper; traces of transfer
20.6 x 15.6cm
1994.195
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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