About Landscape with Saint Christopher

Herri met de Bles depicts Saint Christopher with the Christ child on his shoulder in a mountainous landscape. The figures of the saint and the child are borrowed from an engraving by Dürer from 1521. The painting is richly decorated with figures, buildings, and ships. Details such as the stranded fish and the hermit with the lantern on the left catch the eye. This figure, who is also borrowed from Dürer, indicates the route. His lit lantern shows that Christopher's crossing took place at night.


  • Title: Landscape with Saint Christopher
  • Creator: Herri met de Bles
  • Date Created: 1535/1545
  • Physical Dimensions: hxw 30 x 43 cm
  • Artist Information: About Herri met de Bles Virtually nothing is known about the life of Herri met de Bles. According to the biographer Karel van Mander, he owes his name to a white lock in his hair. He painted religious events in panoramic scenes, just like Joachim Patinir, who was possibly his uncle. Herri met de Bles was mainly active in Antwerp and stood at the cradle of the development of landscape painting.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: oil on panel

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