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Landscape with the Great Ruins, from The Small Landscapes

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.


c. 1638


Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert (Dutch, active in Flanders, c. 1586–1659)
after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, c. 1577-1640)

About this artwork

Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert was best known for his reproductive engravings of the work of Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. This engraving is from a lengthy series called Small Landscapes, which shows humans in all-encompassing, dramatic landscapes. The human figures in this composition, who graze sheep and fetch water from the stream, interact with and blend into their surroundings.


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Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert


Landscape with the Great Ruins, from The Small Landscapes


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Printed 1633–1645


Engraving on ivory laid paper


Image: 32.9 × 44.2 cm (13 × 17 7/16 in.); Plate: 34.5 × 45.2 cm (13 5/8 × 17 13/16 in.); Sheet: 36.1 × 46 cm (14 1/4 × 18 1/8 in.)

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Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund

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