The Finding of Moses

Bartholomeus Breenbergh1622

Hallwyl Museum

Hallwyl Museum

This is the earliest signed and dated painting by Breenbergh and so is a key work for our knowledge of his early years in Italy. He had arrived in Rome late in 1619 and was to remain there for ten years. This exquisiste small copper panel display the profound influence on the young Bereenbergh of Jacob Pynas, who had left Rome to return to Holland in 1608 but whose influence on young Dutch artists was still pervasive.
The antique building on the rocky hillside is the Tempel of the Sibyl at Tivoli, which was often drawn by Northern artists, including Breenbergh. The painting is signed B Breenborch (BB as monogramme) F.ao 1622.

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  • Title: The Finding of Moses
  • Creator: Bartholomeus Breenbergh
  • Date Created: 1622
  • Tags: Dutch
  • Provenance: Fredrik Müller & Cie., Amsterdam, C.U.Palm, Bukowskis, Stockholm, Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, Stockholm 1904
  • Physical Dimensions: w250 x h185 mm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Bartholomeus Breenbergh
  • Artist info: Breenbergh established himself in Amsterdam and then in 1619 went to Rome. There he lived and worked with the Flemish painter Frans van de Kasteele and was heavily influenced by another Fleming, the landscape painter Paul Bril. From 1623, however, he came completely under the spell of Italian landscapes by the somewhat older Cornelis van Poelenburgh —indeed, the works of Breenbergh and van Poelenburgh are sometimes very difficult of tell apart. Breenbergh in his turn influenced the French painter Claude Lorrain. In 1633 he returned to Amsterdam, where he remained until his death, and where he made paintings and etchings of Italian buildings.
  • Type: Oil on copper
  • External Link: Image DIG 4494