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Grottesco (Grotesques)

About 1565–71
Designer Hans Vredeman de Vries (Netherlandish, 1527–1606?), Etched by Joannes van Doetecum (Netherlandish, active 1554–about 1600), Etched by Lucas van Doetecum (Netherlandish, active 1554–about 1584), Influence of Jacques Androuet du Cerceau (French, 1556–1614), Publisher Gerard de Jode (Netherlandish, 1509 to 1517–1591)

Place of Publication: Antwerp, Belgium

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlin 225; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, vol. 47, no. 240-56


Overall: 32 x 21.5 x 5.3 cm (12 5/8 x 8 7/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etched title page and sixteen etchings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Antwerp: Gerard de Jode [about 1565-1571]) Folio; 17 leaves; original gilt-stamped armorial green vellum binding (green cloth box). BOUND with: 50.6.1-11 and .13-.15 (Hoffmann album)

Elaborate grotesque ornament designs surrounding vignettes with allegorical or mythological figures.

Antwerp: Gerard de Jode [about 1565-1571]


Ferdinand Hoffmann, Baron Gruenstein (1540-1607, Grünpichl and Strechau) given by him to his wife, Margaretha von Harrach; by descent through the Counts Harrach, to the Hradec Library; William H. Schab, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, January 12, 1950.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund