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Kneller, Godfrey
Conversion of Saul Conversion of Saul
1705-1710 1705-1710

Godfrey Kneller was born under the name Gottfried Kniller in Lübeck in 1646. In the 1660s he studied in Amsterdam with both Ferdinand Bol and Rembrandt. Upon receiving a commission, Kneller traveled to England around 1675 where he stayed, becoming known as a portrait painter. He achieved success as a court painter, rising to the rank of Principal Painter under the reign of William and Mary of Orange. Conversion of Saul is a late work of Kneller’s and is rare for its religious subject matter. It is the only religious subject known from this period in the artist’s career. With its loose handling of paint and soft colours, this painting demonstrates the influence of Kneller’s visit to Brussels in 1697, where he was exposed first hand to the work of Rubens, and foreshadows generally the rise of the Rococo in Europe.

Kneller, Godfrey
Lubeck, Germany 1646-London, England 1723 Lubeck, Germany 1646-London, England 1723
Conversion of Saul Conversion of Saul
1705-1710 1705-1710
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
height / width: 72.8 cm x 91.5 cm
Gift of Professor J. Douglas Stewart and Mary Cotterell Stewart, 1997 Gift of Professor J. Douglas Stewart and Mary Cotterell Stewart, 1997
40-011

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