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Kneeling Pilgrim with Cross and Book

A work made of etching on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching on white wove paper.




Johann Friedrich Overbeck
German, 1789–1869

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Executed during Johann Friedrich Overbeck’s stay in Rome, Kneeling Pilgrim with Cross and Book provides the viewer with an insight into the artist’s spiritual conviction. Overbeck, a founding member of the Brotherhood of Saint Luke, or the Nazarene movement, viewed art as a way to regenerate religiosity in society. The Nazarenes showed their devotion to God by adapting the styles and ideas of the Renaissance. Overbeck’s sophisticated use of etching, exemplified by delicate cross-hatching and fine lines, produced an image that evokes religious depictions of the past, thus promoting traditional Christian sentiments to an increasingly materialistic society.


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Johann Friedrich Overbeck


Kneeling Pilgrim with Cross and Book


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on white wove paper


Plate: 11.3 × 7.5 cm (4 1/2 × 3 in.); Sheet: 14.2 × 10.2 cm (5 5/8 × 4 1/16 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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