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Grotto and Friars, from The Ruins of Rome

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




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.


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Prints and Drawings


Bartholomeus Breenbergh


Grotto and Friars, from The Ruins of Rome


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Made 1635–1645


Etching in black on ivory laid paper


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.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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