Day Three, from
On View In:
Gallery 316
Artist:   After Hendrik Goltzius
Jan Muller  
Title:   Day Three, from "Creation of the World"  
Date:   1589  
Medium:   Engraving  
Dimensions:   11 × 10 5/8 in. (27.94 × 26.99 cm) (sheet)  
Credit Line:   Gift of funds from Nivin MacMillan  
Location:   Gallery 316  

In the Bible (Genesis 1: 9-10), on the third day of the Creation of the World, God commanded the waters to gather together in one place and dry land to appear; thus, “Earth” and “Sea” are named. In this engraving, whose circular form conjures the form of the world itself, the wonder of the division between land and sea are symbolized by their attributes—he with with his root and she with her shell, a conch similar to the Charonia tritonis (Triton’s trumpet).

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:   nude female figure LR on water holding a shell; seated nude male with his back to viewer on L with vegetation; angel top center with two wands  
Creation Place:   Europe, Netherlands, , ,  
Accession #:   2013.44.2.4  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts