Abraham Bloemaert, 'Scenery with a shepherd'
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- C. 1600
- Black chalk, pencil, brown ink
- Abraham Bloemaert, lower center
- 15 cm
- 23 cm
J. Bolten, Abraham Bloemaert c. 1565 - 1651, The Drawings, 2007.
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This beautiful landscape drawing is made by the Utrecht painter Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651). He was one of the most succesful and productive painters in the Netherlands around the year 1600. His studio counted many students and his paintings, drawings and prints were widespread throughout Europe. This drawing of a shepherd in a landscape fits into a series of drawings depicting landscapes. One of those is currently in the collection of the Rijksprentenkabinet Amsterdam. Karel van Mander wrote in his 'Schilder-boeck' of 1604 that Bloemaert used to draw the nature in the surroundings of his city Utrecht. Those studies were later used as inspiration for paintings and more detailed drawings. This drawing is probably also inspired on the Utrecht landscape.