Wenceslaus Hollar

Antwerp Cathedral

Antwerp Cathedral by Wenceslaus Hollar

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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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