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Storytelling in Miniature

Hans Liefrinck the Elder
Flemish, about 1518–1573

Ornament with Six Birds

Engraving, 1542
1 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.
William J. Hitchcock Fund in memory of Grace J. Hitchcock, 1995.25

The simplicity and elegance of line is characteristic of the numerous small prints Hans Liefrinck made of birds, animals, and vegetation. They are reminiscent of engraved patterns found in metalwork and in other prints of the 16th century, particularly by Dutch and Flemish artists.