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A long religious procession – perhaps bearing holy
relics – enters the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady in
Antwerp. While the citizens of Antwerp perform their
solemn duty, the good-humoured Hollar distracts our
attention with fighting dogs and running children.
Completely dominating the surrounding buildings, Hollar
has described the elaborate architecture of the great
Gothic cathedral in considerable detail. This large and
ambitious print reveals his skills as a draftsman and his
complete mastery of the etching medium.
Extra inscriptions in Dutch and French were added to the plate in 1678 for a book published in Amsterdam. Like the artist himself, Hollar’s etched plates travelled widely and continued to be used long after his death –
sometimes into the 19th century.
- Antwerp Cathedral
- Production date
- 481 x 336 mm
- None can be discerned. Inscribed verso lower left, pencil, 'P.824' [Parthey 824]..
- Credit line
- Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
- Accession no
- Other ID
- 824 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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