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Village Romance

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

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


c. 1652


Adriaen van Ostade
Dutch, 1610-1685

About this artwork

Many Dutch prints fall into specific categories or genres, whether they represent the four elements or the five senses. Here Adriaen van Ostade, a specialist in peasant imagery, depicted a relaxed couple playfully intertwined, with the woman only slightly resisting the man’s touch.


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Adriaen van Ostade


Village Romance


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching in black on cream laid paper


Image: 14.6 × 12.3 cm (5 3/4 × 4 7/8 in.); Plate: 16 × 12.8 cm (6 5/16 × 5 1/16 in.); Sheet: 16.7 × 13.7 cm (6 5/8 × 5 7/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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