Hendrik Goltzius

In drawings, prints, and paintings produced throughout his career, Goltzius often returned to images of ancient warriors and mythical heroes. Despite its relatively small size, this study of a helmeted figure in an antique- inspired military costume captures the feeling of heroic grandeur that the artist aimed to achieve in such works. Goltzius’s drawing style is fluid and loose, suggesting confident and speedy execution. He strategically placed touches of red chalk to describe the warrior’s skin tone, adding a painterly flourish to the image.

Hendrik Goltzius
Dutch, 1558–1617
Bust of a warrior, ca. 1597–1600
Black chalk, with red chalk, and touches of white chalk
The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray; 2019.849
Gray Collection Trust, Art Institute of Chicago
Photography by Art Institute of Chicago Imaging Department