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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.

Date:

1637

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Wenceslaus Hollar

Title

Seleucus and His Son

Place

Bohemia (Artist's nationality)

Date

Made 1637

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2264

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