Attack on a Village, from Desseins de quelques conduites de troupes canons et attaques de ville faictes par de la Bella

Gerard Valck, Dutch, 1651 - 1726
after Stefano Della Bella, Italian, 1610 - 1664


about 1671

Etching on laid paper

Sheet: 2 3/16 × 4 5/8 in. (5.5 × 11.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Robert Dance, Class of 1977



Place Made: Netherlands, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


This series of prints examines the human effects of the Thirty Years War (1618–1648). Published after the war had ended, these works present a historical record of discrete moments from the long struggle, focusing especially on the movement of troops through unnamed villages and towns. Set in rolling landscapes, the prints highlight especially 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

Course History

Anthropology 3.01, Introduction to Anthropology, Charis Ford Morrison Boke 1, Summer 2023

Studio Art 27.01/28.01/74.01, Printmaking I/II/III, Josh Dannin, Summer 2024

Facilitated Experience: Special Tour - From Goya to Photojournalism, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 4-December 11, 2005.

Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 20-August 20, 2023.

Publication History

Barbara Thompson, Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2005.


Robert Dance, New York, New York; given to present collection, 1993.

Catalogue Raisonne

Reverse copy of De Vesme no. 256

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