Much like Jacques Callot’s etchings, this series of prints examines the human effects of the Thirty Years War (1618–1648). First designed by the Italian artist Stefano della Bella, who lived in France for much of his life, these prints were made and distributed by the Dutch printmaker Gerard Valck, who replicated the earlier series. Published after the war had ended, these works present a historical record of discrete moments from the long-lasting struggle, focusing on unnamed villages and towns. The prints highlight the suffering of a few figures in the foreground against a background that alludes to the extent of the trauma experienced across the European continent.
From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming
Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 23-December 9, 2023.
Robert Dance, New York, New York; given to present collection, 1993.
Reverse copy of De Vesme no. 248
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