Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection
What: Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection
When: February 2, 2019 – May 5, 2019
Where: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Price: Free Admission
Description: One of the most prolific printmakers of the Baroque period, Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, 1607–1677) rose up out of obscurity in one of Europe’s most turbulent eras to amass an astounding body of work. Underrated during his lifetime, Hollar produced up to 2,500 etchings in a prodigious 50-year career. The breadth and virtuosity of his works have inspired artists for centuries, and yet his name and profile are only now on the rise. Drawn exclusively from the Frank Raysor Collection, a promised gift to VMFA, this exhibition presents over 200 Hollar prints—remarkable for their range of subjects, stunning details, and rare visual records of 17th-century Europe.