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

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.




Wenceslaus Hollar
Bohemian, 1607-1677

About this artwork

Wenceslaus Hollar was born in Bohemia and, at the height of his career, enjoyed the patronage of the Earl of Arundel. He is famous for his lifelike rendering of fur and his panoramic views of London. His steady, complex etched lines create the illusion of natural light on a gown or over a cityscape. The fashionably clad women in this series represent the four seasons. Each caption advises the viewer to protect her beauty against the climate. Winter, for example, depicts two fur muffs and a mask to shield the lady’s face from icy winds.


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Wenceslaus Hollar




Bohemia (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1641


Etching on ivory laid paper


Plate: 25 × 17.8 cm (9 7/8 × 7 1/16 in.); Sheet: 25.2 × 18.5 cm (9 15/16 × 7 5/16 in.)

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The Art Institute of Chicago

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