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Bramer, Leonard
Abraham and His Family Departing for Canaan
around 1635

Leonard Bramer spent several years in Rome: between 1616 and 1627, and between approximately 1648 and 1652. His preference for nocturnal scenes and reflections suggests his familiarity with the followers of Michelangelo da Caravaggio, yet he looked broadly across the vibrant art scene in Rome. Though not usually associated with Pieter van Laer, who was known for his scenes of street people and beggars, Bramer here invokes the Dutch artist’s use of the Italian landscape, with diagonal profiles of the hills, and small-scale figures.

 
Bramer, Leonard
Delft, Netherlands 1596–Delft, Netherlands 1674
Abraham and His Family Departing for Canaan
around 1635
Oil on panel
20.0 x 29.8 cm (picture); 28.3 x 38.1 cm (engaged Louis XIII frame)
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013
56-003.02b

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