Day Two, from
On View In:
Gallery 316
Artist:   After Hendrik Goltzius
Jan Muller  
Title:   Day Two, from "Creation of the World"  
Date:   1589  
Medium:   Engraving  
Dimensions:   10 7/8 × 10 1/2 in. (27.62 × 26.67 cm) (sheet)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from Nivin MacMillan  
Location:   Gallery 316  

According to the Bible (Genesis 1: 6-8), on the second day of the Creation of the World, God separates the “the waters from the waters.” According to Genesis “God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome… God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.” The “waters under the dome” are here represented by an old bearded man pouring water from a large amphora, a figure typically used to embody rivers since Roman antiquity. To extend his representative role to oceans and seas, Goltzius crowned him with a rich garland of seashells.

Name:   Goltzius, Hendrik  
Nationality:   Dutch  
Life Dates:   Dutch, 1558 - 1617  
Name:   Muller, Jan  
Nationality:   Dutch  
Life Dates:   Dutch, 1571 - 1628  

Object Description  
Classification:   Prints  
Physical Description:   bearded nude male figure in the lower part of image with water coming out of a vessel; nude female figure UR seated on clouds with a rainbow and a gourd; angel with two wands UL  
Creation Place:   Europe, Netherlands, , ,  
Accession #:   2013.44.2.3  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts