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Portrait of Cardinal Zacharias de Mez

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

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1661

Artist:

Johannes Visscher
Dutch, 1633-1692

About this artwork

For centuries printmaking has been used as a tool for religious propaganda, spreading images of idolized figures to followers across the world for use in daily ritual. Johannes Visscher’s posthumous portrait of the Belgian Cardinal Zacharias de Mez appears in an early, unlettered proof state and lacks all identifying features beyond his coat of arms. While he maintains a challenging, omniscient gaze, he is more recognizable to the masses as a religious figure through his miter, robe, and crucifix.

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Artist

Jan Visscher

Title

Portrait of Cardinal Zacharias de Mez

Origin

Holland

Date

Artist's working dates 1540–1586

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

432 × 286 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Horace S. Oakley

Reference Number

1923.1022

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