Master Impressions: 17th Century Prints
from the Permanent Collection
Exhibition Dates: May 10 – August 5, 2012
Curated by Anna Walcutt, 2011-2012 Curatorial Intern,
the exhibition gives a glimpse of the range of prints produced in 17th century Europe. Featuring engraving and etching,
the prints include religious motifs, genre scenes, and a 17th century celebrity.
Caption: Boetius Adams Bolswert after the painting by Michiel van Miereveld,
Elizabeth, Princess of England, Wife of Frederick V, Elector Palatinate, 1613, engraving
Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund
Elizabeth is a portrait of Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662) the British wife of
Frederick V, the German Protestant ruler of Bohemia.
The engraving is dated 1613 – the year of her marriage. Frederick was known as the “Winter King” because his reign as King of Bohemia lasted only one year before he was defeated in battle and fled to Holland. Elizabeth spent the next forty years in exile as a result of the political instability and conflict between Catholics and Protestants. In 1661 she returned to England, where she died the following year.