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Landscape with Saint Christopher

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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 in storage
Dimensions Height 30 cm
Width 43 cm
Artists Painter: Herri met de Bles
Accession number 2437 (OK)
Credits Acquired with the collection of D.G. Van Beuningen, 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in circa 1540
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
BABEL - Oude meesters terug uit Japan / Old Masters Back from Japan (2018)
External exhibitions Les fables du paysage flamand au XVI siècle, du fantastique au merveilleux (2012)
Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters (2017)
Boijmans bij de Buren - Maritieme Meesters (2021)
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Herri met de Bles

werkzaam Antwerpen 1533 - 1566

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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