Study of a male lumpsucker
  • TitleStudy of a male lumpsucker
  • Technique/ MaterialWatercolour, gouache, traces of black chalk on paper
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 22,6 x 36,5 cm
  • DatingMade 1590s
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Hendrick Goltzius, Netherlands, born 1558, dead 1617. Circle of
  • CategoryDrawings, Free-hand drawings
  • ClassificationDrawing
  • Inventory No.NMH 12/2015
  • AcquisitionPurchase 2015 Wiros Fund
  • Collection I päls och fjäderNytt i samlingarna
  • Description
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    The watercolour study of a male lumpsucker reproduces the natural colour and special texture of the fish through a combination of transparency and opacity. The lumpfish was seen as a curiosity because of its strange appearance. Images of animals and plants were popular among collectors of art and natural-history specimens. They indicated an interest in science, but pictures of terrifying animals could also be interpreted as bad omens.