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Title A Franciscan Monk Distributing Food to Peasants
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Laer, Pieter van (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1599-ca.1642)
Attributed to Miel, Jan (Flemish painter and engraver, 1599-1664, active in Italy)
Date Earliest about 1599
Date Latest about 1642
Description

This small painting belongs to a type known as bambocciate, literally 'little doll', named after a group of artists led by Pieter van Laer who was nicknamed Il Bamboccio because of his hunchback. Van Laer was one of a group of Netherlandish artists working in Rome and producing scenes of everyday life.

In this example, a Franciscan saint hands out bowls of soup to the poor. This work could have formed one of a series of Seven Acts of Mercy, burying the dead, tending the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the prisoner.

Current Accession Number 1999Q16
Subject everyday life (peasants); religion (Franciscan saint distributing food)
Measurements 32.7 x 27 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {poplar})
Acquisition Details Lent by Sir Denis Mahon, CBE, FBA 1999.
Provenance Christie's sale, 1910, bought by 2nd Marquess of Clanricarde [?]; bequeathed by 2nd Marquess of Clanricarde to the Earl of Harewood; Christie's sale, London, 29 June 1951, lot 65, bought by Denis Mahon.
Principal Exhibitions Discovering the Italian Baroque: The Denis Mahon Collection, National Gallery, London, 1997, cat. no. 50.
Publications Finaldi, G., and Kitson, M., Discovering the Italian Baroque, The Denis Mahon Collection, National Gallery, London, 1997, no. 50.
Notes The painting is to be bequeathed to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on Sir Denis Mahon's death.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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