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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.


ca. 1656-58


Cornelis Visscher
Dutch, c. 1629-1658

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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Prints and Drawings


Cornelis Visscher, the Elder


The Bohemian Woman


Holland (Artist's nationality)

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Engraving on ivory laid paper


Verso: stamped with the collector's marks of Arkady Alferoff (Bonn, 1811-1872; Lugt 1727); of Joseph Pricken (Cologne, d. 1877; Lugt 2049); of Rudolf Peltzer (Cologne, 1825-1910; Lugt 2231); and an unidentified mark (Lugt 796)


Plate: 37.4 × 31.8 cm (14 3/4 × 12 9/16 in.); Sheet: 38.8 × 32.9 cm (15 5/16 × 13 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace S. Oakley

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