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Joseph Distributing Grain to Egypt

A work made of etching from two plates on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching from two plates on ivory laid paper.




Bartholomeus Breenbergh
Dutch, 1598-1657

About this artwork

Bartholomeus Breenbergh was a painter of Roman ruins and religious and historical subjects. He lived in Rome for around 10 years beginning in 1619, and he founded the Netherlandish artist’s fraternity there in 1623. He later returned to Amsterdam, married well, and, by 1644, he had switched from landscapes to more historical or literary subjects, which he depicted in large format etchings, such as this example.


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Bartholomeus Breenbergh


Joseph Distributing Grain to Egypt


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1644


Etching from two plates on ivory laid paper


Image: 45.1 × 67 cm (17 13/16 × 26 7/16 in.); Sheet: 45.2 × 67.1 cm (17 13/16 × 26 7/16 in.)

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Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

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