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Manlius Torquatus, in armour, stained glass panel, After Hendrick Goltzius, Netherlandish, c.1600

Clear glass with brown paint yellow stain, light and dark blue enamel

Height: 240mm
Width: 185mm

Museum number: SG104

Curatorial note

The monumental figure stands astride his shield wearing a cuirass, breaches, a billowing cloak and a helmet which is modelled with a prancing horse and plumes. In a vigorous pose, he reaches across his body with his right hand to his sword hilt and looks to his right. Through his legs can be seen a distant combat between two men on a bridge. In the middle ground to the right a group of soldiers with lances are gathered around a furled banner. More lances and the heads of soldiers are just visible on the left.

After Hendrick Goltzius, one of four 'Roman Heroes' ca. 1586. The roundel is inscribed Torquate. The print is inscribed Haud minimo Gallum Superas Torquate triumpho/ Robusto maior peccore mole minor/ Haec vis est habet hoc aeterni nominis ardor,/ Ardua despato cuncta subire metu.F.E.stius.

Literature

F. W. H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: Rijksmusem, 1949– VIII, 116
Walter L. Strauss, ed., The Illustrated Bartsch. New York: Abaris Books, 1980 III, 100
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p 237


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