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Grotto and Friars, from The Ruins of Rome

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1639/1640

Artist:

Bartholomeus Breenbergh
Dutch, 1598-1657

About this artwork

Bartholomeus Breenbergh produced a series of 50 small-scale etchings of Roman ruins based on drawings he made in Rome during the 1620s. He worked them into prints after his return to the Netherlands and published them as a set around 1640. His paintings and prints did not yet show the influence of Rembrandt’s experimental effects with the etching needle. As a result, this scene of tiny religious figures huddled under an outcropping of rock is more documentary than emotionally charged.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Bartholomeus Breenbergh

Title

Grotto and Friars, from The Ruins of Rome

Place

Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1635–1645

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Plate: 10 × 6.1 cm (3 15/16 × 2 7/16 in.); Sheet: 10.2 × 6.3 cm (4 1/16 × 2 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2027

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