Marcus Curtius on Horseback
Plate 5 from the series The Roman Heroes

Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch (active Haarlem), 1558 - 1617

Made in Netherlands, Europe
Published in Haarlem, Netherlands, Europe



Sheet: 14 3/4 x 9 3/8 inches (37.4 x 23.8 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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The military hero Marcus Curtius satisfied the demands of the gods by throwing himself and his horse into a widening chasm that threatened to engulf Rome. The chasm immediately closed over him and the city was saved.