Jan 12, 2009

Landscape with Travelers Attacked by a Gang of Robbers

Landscape with Travelers Attacked by a Gang of Robbers


Jan van Londerseel

(Dutch, 1578–1625)

after David Vinckboons

(Dutch, 1576–1629)


Gift of 27 members of The Print Club of Cleveland's 1995 Low Countries Tour 1995.79

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 84

State: II/II



The subject of waylaid travelers was a popular motif for Netherlandish artists, especially around 1600. As a consequence of the war with Spain, displaced mercenaries and army deserters occasionally formed bands of robbers and victimized travelers and rural inhabitants. In this engraving after a drawing by David Vinckboons, a variety of incidents take place at the edge of a dark forest interior. As women and children flee their captured wagon, two bandits aim their guns at another traveler escaping on horseback. The ominous silhouette of a dead man hangs from a tree warning the viewer of possible perils encountered in the forest. Like Coninxloo, Flemish painter David Vinckboons left Antwerp after 1585 and settled in Amsterdam in 1586.

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