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Landscape with Saint Christopher

Landscape with Saint Christopher

Herri met de Bles (in circa 1540)

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Herri met de Bles depicts Saint Christopher with the Christ child on his shoulder in a mountainous landscape. The figures of the saint and the child are borrowed from an engraving by Dürer from 1521. The painting is richly decorated with figures, buildings, and ships. Details such as the stranded fish and the hermit with the lantern on the left catch the eye. This figure, who is also borrowed from Dürer, indicates the route. His lit lantern shows that Christopher's crossing took place at night.

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Title Landscape with Saint Christopher
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is on view in room H
Dimensions Height 30 cm
Width 43 cm
Artists Schilder: Herri met de Bles
Accession number 2437 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Age artist Unknown
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
BABEL - Oude meesters terug uit Japan / Old Masters Back from Japan (2018)
External exhibitions Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters (2017)
Les fables du paysage flamand au XVI siècle, du fantastique au merveilleux (2012)
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Herri met de Bles

Bouvignes-les-Dinant 1500/1510 - mogelijk/possibly Ferrara ca. 1550

Virtually nothing is known about the life of Herri met de Bles. According to the biographer Karel van Mander, he owes his name to a white lock in his hair. He...

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