Artist Hans Sebald Beham, German, 1500-1550
  • Mercury
  • The Seven Planets with the Zodiacs (Hollstein) (series title)
  • The Seven Planets (Bartsch) (series title)
Date ca. 1539
Medium engraving printed in black ink on laid paper
Dimensions Sheet (trimmed within plate mark): 1 3/4 × 1 1/8 inches (4.4 × 2.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, William H. Murphy Fund
Accession Number 35.37.6
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed, in plate, upper left: [artist's monogram]
Marks Stamp, in black, verso: A. Firmin-Didot (Lugt 119)
Stamp, in brown, verso: A. Freiherr von Lanna (Lugt 2773)
Stamp, in brown, verso: P. J. Sachs (Lugt 2091)
Stamp, in black, verso: L (Lugt 1702)
Inscriptions Inscribed, in plate, upper left edge: 6
Inscribed, upper right: MERCVRIVS | [Mercury planetary symbol]
Inscribed, in plate, lower left and lower right: [Virgo and Gemini zodiacal symbols]
A. Firmin-Didot (Paris, France);
A. Freiherr von Lanna (Prague);
Paul J. Sachs (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA).
1935-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)