Virgin and Child, after Cornelis van Poelenburgh
17 cm x 12.9 cm (6 11/16 in. x 5 1/16 in.)
Jan Gerritsz. van Bronchorst
(Utrecht, 1603 - before 1661, Amsterdam)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Poelenburgh, along with Bartholomaeus Breenburgh, was the first of a number of Dutch painters who went to Italy and developed an idiom reconciling more realistic topography with the arcadian vision of Claude Lorrain. Their paintings were reproduced by various etchers in a delicately drawn, lightly bitten, therefore appropriately luminous manner. Bronchorst was the principal interpreter of Poelenburgh. Most of his forty etchings reproduce the artist’s Italianate landscapes. This very rare print brings the same exquisite touch, delicate tonality, and ideal mood to a religious subject.