Robert Fucci is a David E. Finley fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA), Washington, and a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York. He is currently working on a dissertation, “Jan van de Velde II (ca. 1593–1641): The Printmaker as Creative Artist.” He is curating an exhibition examining the most dramatic state changes in early impressions of Rembrandt prints drawn from American collections, “Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions,” at Columbia’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York (9 September–12 December 2015). [January 2015]

Hercules Segers

Hercules Segers, Mountain Valley with Fenced Fields (ca. 1615–1630), etching, 22.5 x 28.9 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Few printmakers are as legendary as the Dutch artist Hercules Segers (1589/90–after 1633). His rare and mysterious etchings seem caught out of time—works of an eccentric genius who operated outside the normal bounds of place and era …Read More

Arcadia Unbound: Early Dutch Landscape Prints and the Amenissimae aliquot regiunculae of 1616 by Jan van de Velde II

Fig. 1. Esaias van de Velde (attributed to), Arcadian Landscape (early 17th century), woodcut on blue paper, unique impression of the first state, 18 x 25 cm. Collection of the New York Public Library. Photo: Robert Fucci.

The theme of Arcadia in 17th-century Dutch printmaking is inextricably linked to the rise of a naturalistic landscape tradition in the newly independent Northern Netherlands …Read More