Leonard BRAMER - 1596 - 1674
A Centaur Family
Dutch School

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Grey brush and ink on blue paper
On beige paper

32.2 x 25.5 cm

Euro : 2000,-

Leonard Bramer was born in Delft in 1596. He traveled extensively from 1614 to 1629 through France and Italy. He stayed in Rome for a longer period where he was influenced by the artists, Domenico Fetti, Adam Elsheimer. Later he was in Venice where he studied under the Bassano family. He was one of the first Dutch artist's to return to Holland from Venice with the new idea of using light in his paintings and drawings. He died in his native city in 1674.

The Albertina has a sketchbook by him containing 42 pages that illustrate scenes from the New Testament and the Rijksmuseum has another sketchbook containing 56 drawings. Other comparative drawings are the "Death of the Niobes" in the Kupferstichkabinett at Düsseldorf (inv.no.Z2300), the "Abduction of Hamans" formerly with Müllenmeister" in 1990, the sketchbook with illustrations of "Roman History" formerly with Sotheby's London in July of 1990, and "A Doctor followed by two skeletons" in the Graphische Sammlung in Munich (inv.no.1179).

 

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