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The Four Continents

about 1600
Designer Marcus Gheeraerts I (Netherlandish, 1521–1636)

Place of Publication: Antwerp, Belgium

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlin 232(1); Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, VII, p. 100, nos. 48-51; Rijksprentenkabinet, Ornamentprenten, 86


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

Set of four engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Antwerp: Philips Galle [about 1600]) Folio; four leaves; original gilt-stamped armorial green vellum binding (green cloth box). BOUND with: 50.6.1-10 and .12-13 (Hoffmann album)

Grotesque ornament designs surrounding personifications of the four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, and America.

Antwerp: Philips Galle [about 1600]


In plate: "Marc. Gerar. inuen. Phls Galle excud."


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