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The Brothers De Witt in Prison

The Brothers De Witt in Prison

Simon Opzoomer (in 1843)

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  • Julia asked

    Hello! I study books in pictures. What books are depicted in this picture?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Julia, according to testimonials Johan de Witt, the man sitting on the bed, was reading the Bible. According to lore it was the book of Judges. Cornelis was recuperating from his torture, so whether the book on the floor is a bible as well is difficult to say. But it could be very well be. Unfortunately when we zoom in on the image, we can't read the text at the top of the page, but it appears that the book does contain legible text. Best, Friso Lammertse, curator of old master painting and sculpture


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Title The Brothers De Witt in Prison
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 83.7 cm
Height 78 cm
Thickness 2.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Simon Opzoomer
Accession number 1628 (MK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: J. van Dam van Noordeloos 1872
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1872
Age artist About 36 years old
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Simon Opzoomer

Rotterdam 1807 - Antwerpen 1878

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