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Jan van de Velde, An antique gate (frontispace), 1616, etching on paper, 13.4 x 19.9 cm, Special Collections, Baillieu Library, the University of Melbourne. Gift of Dr John Orde, 1959
Jan van de Velde, Evening: travellers in a road near and inn, 1616, etching on paper, 13.3 x 19.7 cm, Special Collections, Bailieu Library, the University of Melbourne. Gift of Dr John Orde, 1959
This intimate one-room exhibition demonstrates the importance of the artist, Jan van de Velde II (1593 – 1641), in the context of the Dutch Baroque landscape tradition.
Jan van de Velde II is considered one of the most noteworthy Dutch etchers of the first part of the seventeenth century. This exhibition includes over fifty prints that are held in the John Orde Poynton Collection at the Baillieu Library, the University of Melbourne, the most comprehensive collection of van de Velde’s series of landscapes in any Australian public collection.
Journeys and places will provide a rare opportunity for contemporary audiences to consider the technical innovations of this body of work as well as the symbolic meaning of the landscape in Dutch art of the period.