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Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione1655 - 1660

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The drawing’s subject is based on the Book of Genesis (21:14–19). Hagar and her son, Ishmael, were sent away by Abraham and wandered aimlessly through the desert of Beersheba. They were in danger of dying of thirst, but God heard the boy’s crying and sent an angel to show them the way to a well.
[…] As can be recognized in the somewhat melodramatic movimento of the figures and in the coarse construction of the foreground, with its short, broken brush strokes and dashes, the Berlin drawing does not belong to the artist’s middle period – as suggested by Dreyer – but rather to his late period.

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  • Title: Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness
  • Creator: Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
  • Date: 1655 - 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: w31.9 x h43.6 cm
  • Type: Paper
  • Medium: Brush in brown and blue-grey, with red accents and pigment-free oil
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 12955
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Jörg P. Anders │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Hein-Th. Schulze Altcappenberg i
  • Collection: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Artist Place of Death: Mantua, Italy
  • Artist Place of Birth: Genoa, Italy
  • Artist Gender: Male
  • Artist Dates: 1609.03.23 - 1664

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