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Console of scrolling foliate forms with flowers and two birds, and a hunter shooting rabbits
  • Esaias van Hulsen
    circa 1585–1624
    born: Middelburg, Dutch Republic (present-day Netherlands) ; died: Stuttgart, Duchy of Württemberg (present-day Germany)
  • Console of scrolling foliate forms with flowers and two birds, and a hunter shooting rabbits, circa 1610s
  • Where object was made: Netherlands
  • engraving
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 60 x 61 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 81 x 81 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 3 3/16 x 3 3/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 11 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • On view: Simons Gallery, 316, W2
  • 2013.0204
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Exhibition Label:
"Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World", 27-Mar-2018
In this engraving van Hulsen carries on the longstanding ornament print tradition of imagining complex, elegant botanical structures. Ornament prints encourage viewers to search through the depicted foliage for partially hidden figures and forms. In this artwork viewers can find insects and birds. Van Hulsen adds a relatively orthodox landscape populated by a rabbit hunter, his dog, and their quarry to this fantastic realm of plants and animals. At least two contemporary developments in printmaking inform this work: blackwork engraving and the cosse-de-pois, or peapod, style ornament.