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The Bohemian Woman

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:

1651/58

Artist:

Cornelis Visscher, the Elder (Netherlandish, c. 1520-1586)
published by Clement de Jonghe (Dutch, 1624/25-1677)

About this artwork

Unlike his contemporaries in 17th-century Holland, Cornelis Visscher adopted engraving rather than etching as his main form of artistic production. Viewed as a master of the complex technique, he made works that were praised and collected. The peasants shown in Visscher’s scenes are both rugged and nearly facetious. His Bohemian Woman depicts a mother acting as a balance beam for three animated children—all demanding some form of attention from her. The combination of her exposed breast with suckling infant, approaching hunters, and an oddly placed whimsical backdrop is disconcerting but simultaneously all the more intriguing in its incongruity.

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Artist

Cornelis Visscher, the Elder

Title

The Bohemian Woman

Origin

Holland

Date

1651–1658

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Credit Line

Gift of Horace S. Oakley

Reference Number

1923.1052

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