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Seleucus and His Son

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.




Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, 1607-1677)
after Giulio Pippi, called Giulio Romano (Italian, c. 1499-1546)

About this artwork

Wenceslaus Hollar dedicated this etching to his patron Thomas Howard, the 14th Earl of Arundel, and documented much of Howard’s art collection in print. This image depicts the epitome of ancient justice, Seleucus, who offered one of his own eyes to save his adulterous son from losing both. The print reproduces Giulio Romano’s fresco in the Palazzo del Te in Mantua— which supplied the architectural shape of the image. However, it is likely that Hollar used not an original preparatory drawing but a copy that was in Arundel’s collection and is now in the British Museum.


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Prints and Drawings


Wenceslaus Hollar


Seleucus and His Son


Bohemia (Artist's nationality)


Made 1637


Etching on ivory laid paper


28.3 × 37.3 cm (11 3/16 × 14 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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