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Saint Willibrord

A work made of pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, with opaque white watercolor, over charcoal, on cream laid paper prepared with a blue wash.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, with opaque white watercolor, over charcoal, on cream laid paper prepared with a blue wash.

Date:

1625/30

Artist:

Abraham Bloemaert
Dutch, 1566-1651

About this artwork

A prolific draftsman and influential figure for the Utrecht Caravaggisti, Abraham Bloemaert here portrayed the patron saint of the Netherlands and first Bishop of Utrecht, Saint Willibrord. Active circa 700, Willibrord is credited with introducing Christianity to present-day Netherlands and Belgium. In this and in the several other representations of this saint drawn by Bloemaert, Willibrord is shown holding a cathedral, a symbol of his pioneering efforts to establish a monastery and a cathedral in the city of Utrecht. Bloemaert showed the saint in his clerical regalia; he is made especially imposing by being depicted as if from below.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Abraham Bloemaert

Title

Saint Willibrord

Place

Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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1625–1630

Medium

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash, with opaque white watercolor, over charcoal, on cream laid paper prepared with a blue wash

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, upper center, in graphite: "36"; center, in graphite: "St. Willebrordus"; lower left, Ploos van Amstel's inscription, in brown ink: "A: Bloemaert / geb: 1567 / h. 9 d / b 6 3/4 d"; lower left, in pen and brown ink: "reg"

Dimensions

24.2 × 16.1 cm (9 9/16 × 6 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2013.896

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