A beautiful old master drawing depicting the Roman god Mercury. Although he was the god of financial gain, commerce, message and communication, travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery, merchants and thieves, here he is represented as the "keeper of boundaries" referring to his role as bridge between the upper and lower worlds, serving as the guide of souls to the underworld. His head is slightly facing towards the earth, adorned with the winged helmet, he is walking to the right, with his right hand gesticulating to follow him, while the staff in his left hand points the way.
Drawn in pen and brown ink, grey wash, with additions in red chalk on laid paper, which is fixed onto paper with a watermark with an eagle or falcon. A number of early inventory numbers, owner's initials and inscriptions in pen and ink.
Italy (Florence?). Renaissance. 16th century.
Dimensions: 20,5cm x 10,7cm
Price : on request