Painted Prints - The Revelation  of Color
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The Triumph of Patience
From the series The Triumph of Patience
Dirck Volkertsz. Coornhert
Dutch, 1522-1590
After Maarten van Heemskerk
Dutch, 1498-1574
Unidentified Colorist
Engraving and etching with transparent washes and body colors, highlighted with gold and silver
The Baltimore Museum of Art: Blanche Adler Memorial Fund (BMA 1998.6)

The discovery of this print by Curator Susan Dackerman led to a research project culminating in this exhibition.
Painted in an array of vibrant colors, the engraving depicts the triumphal procession of Patience and some of her allegorical cohorts, including Hope and Desire. The rich colors, extensively highlighted with gold, amplify the theatrical character of the image and seem perfectly suited to the mannerist composition and subject matter. I began to wonder why I had never before seen engravings that were colored. After all, the addition of paint to a linear black-and-white image seemed like a logical impulse.
Learn about the exhibition research from Curator Susan Dackerman
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