Jan 23, 2007

Eight Bohemian Landscapes: Landscape with Log Bridge over Cataract

Eight Bohemian Landscapes: Landscape with Log Bridge over Cataract

c. 1610-1615

Aegidius Sadeler

(Flemish, c. 1570-1629)

after Pieter II Stevens

(Flemish, c. 1567-aft 1624)


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Wixom for the fiftieth anniversary of The Print Club of Cleveland 1970.352



The dramatic forest interior, ornamental foliage, and diminutive figures in this engraving are all hallmarks of the imaginary landscape tradition brought by Flemish immigrants to the northern Netherlands at the turn of the 17th-century. Pieter Stevens (about 1567-after 1624), the designer of the print, worked in Antwerp until 1594, when he was named court painter to Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. While in Rudolf's employ, Aegidius Sadeler engraved a number of his drawings, such as this work. Enormous trees rise above a scene of peasants and mules who cross a manmade bridge to reach a distant mill. In the foreground corner, a group of figures stand along the rocky river bank while a man fires a flintlock across the river.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.