On this theatre of wartime atrocities many small scenes are found of different forms of physical violence from the French-Dutch War (1672-1679): rape, violence against children, the murder of civilians in various ways. The engraving represents a true 'theater of terror'. In the foreground a heap of dead women and children bodies with a title cartouche. Four figures are flying in the sky: On left side the devil, to the right the death, left to the middle an armed horseman, right to the middle an old woman riding on a monster. They symbolize the complete reversal of the social order, indeed evoke a kind of hell scenario. In the background burning and exploding cities are seen. On the left and right of the image the noble commanders are seen, watching the bustle or the command it. The centre of the image is dominated by around 50 individual scenes, showing unusual dramatic scenes of violence for this time of printmaking. Rape, killing and torture scenes. Each scene is numbered and explained in the accompanying text leaves. The crimes committed in different places and times form a total overwhelming panorama of war atrocities.
|Title||Erschrecklicher und Erbärmlicher Schaw Platz Verüblter Frantzösischer Schandt Brandt und Mordthaten Ausz dem Hollandische in dasz Hochteutsche über setzet.|
|Publisher, Year||circa 1675|
|Plate Size||31.0 x 77.6 cm (12.2 x 30.6 inches)|
|Sheet Size||32.3 x 79.4 cm (12.7 x 31.3 inches)|
|Reference||Drugulin, W., Historischer Bilderatlas 2812; Füssel, M., metaphorik.de #14, Theatrum Belli - Der Krieg als Inszenierung und Wissensschauplatz im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert.|
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