Simon Bening: 11 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Gathering Twigs (Verso)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'The expansive landscape and the description of atmosphere are characteristic of the art of Simon Bening, who worked in the first half of the 1500s, when landscape painting emerged as an independent genre of art in easel paintings.'

August: Mowing Wheat, Binding Sheaves (ca. 1515) by Simon BeningThe Morgan Library & Museum

'Simon Bening, the last great Flemish illuminator, was famous in his lifetime, and had clients in Portugal, Italy, and Germany.'

Prayer Book of Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg (about 1525 - 1530) by Simon BeningThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'The esteemed Flemish artist Simon Bening lavishly illuminated this prayer book for the powerful Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, Elector and Archbishop of Mainz and an ambitious patron of the arts.'

The Circumcision (about 1525–1530) by Simon BeningThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Simon Bening implied the building's enormity in part by cutting off pillars and statues at the edge of the image, which forcefully suggests the continuation of the space beyond the confines of the miniature.'

Border with Elijah Raising the Son of the Widow of Sareptha (about 1525 - 1530) by Simon BeningThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Simon Bening paired this joyous Old Testament event with a parallel event from the New Testament, the Raising of Lazarus, on the facing page.'

Judas Receiving the Thirty Pieces of Silver (about 1525–1530) by Simon BeningThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Simon Bening decided to portray the moment of cold financial negotiation, emphasizing Judas's greed.'

Border with Abraham and Isaac (about 1525 - 1530) by Simon BeningThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Simon Bening underlined the parallel by showing Isaac in a position similar to Christ's, carrying on his shoulder the wood that will complete his sacrifice just as Christ carries his cross.'

Christ Washing the Apostles' Feet (about 1525–1530) by Simon BeningThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Simon Bening focused his image on Saint Peter's shocked reaction to the idea of Christ washing his feet.'

Christ before Caiaphas (Main View (.128v) / book image source)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'Bening framed the scene with simulated wood arches, suggesting that the viewer is peering through a window into a real, three-dimensional space.'

Border with a Scene from the Life of Gideon (about 1525 - 1530) by Simon BeningThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'In both images, Simon Bening used golden rays of light to represent divine intervention.'

The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian (about 1535 - 1540)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'The detailed yet expansive landscape seen in the background was one of the hallmarks of Simon Bening's late style.'

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