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After Bruegel, Pieter, the elder (Flemish painter, ca. 1525-1569) , St John Preaching in the Wilderness

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Title St John Preaching in the Wilderness
Collection Angus Council Cultural Services Division
Artist After Bruegel, Pieter, the elder (Flemish painter, ca. 1525-1569)
Attributed to Brueghel, Pieter, the younger (Flemish artist, born 1564 or 1565, died 1637 or 1638)
Date Earliest possibly about 1585
Date Latest possibly about 1638
Description A crowd of people is gathering around St John preaching in a woodland setting. The bird's eye view allows the eye to roam over the crowd of different ethnic types. The majority are listening, but some are paying scant attention, for example a man who is getting his fortune told by a gypsy, possibly indicating his rejection of Calvinisim. The subject, perhaps inspired by the open-air sermons of the Reformed communities at the time, is not rare in Flemish painting. Here, the artist introduces a new feature: Christ is present. This is a copy of Brueghel the elder's composition at Budapest Museum of Fine Art.
Current Accession Number A.1978.27
Subject religion (St John preaching in the wilderness)
Measurements 107 x 151 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by James Renny 1876.
Publications Grossmann, F., Brueghel, Pieter, The Complete Edition of the Paintings, London, 1973 (second edn), p. 200.
Notes Label attached to the frame: 'St. John Preaching in the Wilderness by Pieter Breughel Presented by James Renny Esq Edinburgh 28th August 1876 cleaned and restored 1968'.
Rights Owner Angus Council Cultural Services Division
Author Dr Claudia Heide
 

 

 

 

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