Wenceslaus Hollar


Cologne by Wenceslaus Hollar

Artwork Detail

This series records Hollar’s long and winding journey

from Prague all the way to the Netherlands between

1627 and 1634. No scene here appears to depict autumn

or winter, and this may reflect the difficulty of travelling

during the colder months. Only the two etchings of ships

tossed on stormy seas point to inclement weather. The

pleasure that Hollar took in seeing the ocean for the first

time is evident in these two dramatic views.

Hollar was careful to avoid references to the destruction wrought by the ongoing war. For this commercial enterprise, he focused instead on prosperous towns and views of quiet landscapes along the rivers on which he travelled.

Wenceslaus Hollar
Production date
circa 1635
60 x 94 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
711 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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