Wenceslaus Hollar, Wenceslaus Hollar - inventor - Self-portrait
Hollar created a number of self-portraits during his career, of which only two were done for purposes of self-representation. Although probably less known today, this portrait is remarkable both for its inscription by Hollar that states the artist's age of forty years - "Aetatis 40, 1647" - and for the family coat of arms featured on the bottom of the frame. Hollar was born into a family of lower-ranking Bohemian nobility and was very proud of his origin throughout his life. Also worthy of note is the charming decorative frame, into which the oval portrait is set.
measurements: height 127 mm
width 91 mm
in collections:
material: paper
technique: etching
inventory number: R 19789
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings