The Pigkillers

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

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1652

Artist:

Adriaen van Ostade
Dutch, 1610-1685

About this artwork

Here Adriaen van Ostade depicted the communal butchering of a pig, a topic alluded to in Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Hog. While Van Ostade used a less dramatic and calligraphic line than Rembrandt, the dark tone and concentrated format of the small roundel emphasize the importance of this source of food to the massing villagers. One holds a candle and another has a basin to catch the blood, while others, including children, smile in anticipation of the coming feast.

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Artist

Adriaen van Ostade

Title

The Pigkillers

Origin

Holland

Date

1647–1657

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

112 x 112 mm (image/plate); 118 x 117 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1908.467

Extended information about this artwork

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