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A Tavern Scene

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A Tavern Scene

ca. 1590
16th century
406 x 279 mm (16 x 11 in.)

After Lucas van Leyden, Dutch (Netherlandish), (ca. 1494–1533)

Alternative title: The Prodigal Son
Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Engraving on laid paper
State: First of two states
Print impression quality: Excellent
Marks: Inscribed in banderole: “wacht hoet varen sal” [“wait and see which way the wind blows”]
Marks: Watermark: No watermark
Provenance / Collectors' Marks: Dutch private collection. Unidentified collector’s mark (“HK”?) in black ink on verso.
Bibliography: Hollstein 193, Copy A; Jan Piet Filedt Kok, Lucas van Leyden—Grafiek (Amsterdam: Rijksprenten-Kabinet, 1978), under no. B. hsn. 20; Ellen S. Jacobowitz and Stephanie Loeb Stepanek, The Prints of Lucas van Leyden & His Contemporaries (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1983), under no. 72.
Credit Line: Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 2001
Accession Number: 2001.10.2

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  • Bible
  • broadsides - Sizeable single-sheet notices or advertisements printed on one or both sides, often chiefly textual rather than pictorial, and printed to be read unfolded. For folded sheets having printed matter that generally does not cross the folds, use "folders (printed matter)." [November 1992 descriptor moved. June 1992 scope note changed.]
  • New Testament
  • popular prints - Use for prints that, when originally issued, were intended for a popular audience, were generally inexpensive and produced in large numbers and in which an easily understood content was more important than aesthetic qualities.
  • Prodigal Son
  • religions
  • religious art - Use broadly for art depicting religious subjects or for art used in worship. [September 1993 descriptor added.]
  • taverns - Primarily 17th- to early 19th-century English and American places of eating, drinking, and public accommodations, which often became local centers of social gatherings; distinguished from "inns" which emphasize their overnight accommodations and also provide food and drinking facilities; for establishments that emphasize drinking, especially liquors, use "pubs" or "saloons." [April 1993 related terms added.]

  • sheet Dimensions: 406 x 279 mm (16 x 11 in.)

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