Agostino Carracci (1557-1602) and Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) were the leading engravers of the late 16th century , one in Italy and the other in the Netherlands.

The two artists have never before been confronted in an exhibition. For, in addition to their success as engravers, there are further parallels: both were interested in literature and art theory, and each of them founded an academy.

Independently of one another, they both discovered the illusionistic potential of lines that swell and taper and made an important contribution to the development of the engraving technique, paving the way for the print of the baroque era.

The exhibition draws the parallels in their lives and seeks the points of interaction between them. The entire thematic spectrum of their work is presented, from devotional images to portraiture to erotic images.