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Saint John the Baptist Preaching

circa 1620s
16th century
18.1 cm x 29 cm (7 1/8 in. x 11 7/16 in.)

Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem, 1564 - 1651, Utrecht) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Europe, Dutch
Medium and Support: Pen and black ink with brush and brown wash over black chalk with white...
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.920

The leading painter in his native Utrecht in the late 16th and early 17th century, Bloemaert was a refined late Mannerist of Italianate cast, then affected by that city’s flourishing school of Caravaggesque naturalism. He was an exceptionally accomplished and prolific draftsman in the preparation of designs for paintings and engravings as well as in the intimate recording of natural motifs. This is a characteristic landscape study, conventional in arrangement and stylized in handling, but with a diffuse atmosphere and select passages that portend the great age of Dutch landscape and genre.

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