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Visscher, Claes Jansz.; Bolswert, Boetius Adams (after); after Bloemaert, Abraham
Landscape with Tobias and the Angel; No. 3 in a series of 26: Landscapes (Verscheijden aerdige Lanthuijsen nae t’leven Gekonterfeijt) Landscape with Tobias and the Angel; No. 3 in a series of 26: Landscapes (Verscheijden aerdige Lanthuijsen nae t’leven Gekonterfeijt)
1620 1620

In this composition, Abraham Bloemaert takes up the Flemish tradition of landscape with the figures of Tobias and the Angel on their journey, followed by the faithful dog. They function as staffage, figures added to a beautiful landscape to enliven it, without distracting from it. The setting, with ramshackle farmhouses and flat landscape peering through between them, draws on local Dutch topography, a departure from the tradition of fantasy or idealized landscapes. The vivid first reproduction, by the well-known engraver Boëtius Adams Bolswert, was then copied in etching by the prominent Amsterdam printmaker and publisher Claes Jansz. Visscher, who championed landscape “drawn from life,” as his inscription asserts.

 
Visscher, Claes Jansz.; Bolswert, Boetius Adams (after); after Bloemaert, Abraham
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1587-Amsterdam, Netherlands 1652; Flemish, 1580-1633; Gornichem, Netherlands 1566-Utrecht, Netherlands 1651 Amsterdam, Netherlands 1587-Amsterdam, Netherlands 1652; Flemish, 1580-1633; Gornichem, Netherlands 1566-Utrecht, Netherlands 1651
Landscape with Tobias and the Angel; No. 3 in a series of 26: Landscapes (Verscheijden aerdige Lanthuijsen nae t’leven Gekonterfeijt) Landscape with Tobias and the Angel; No. 3 in a series of 26: Landscapes (Verscheijden aerdige Lanthuijsen nae t’leven Gekonterfeijt)
1620 1620
Etching, state 1 of 1 Etching, state 1 of 1
overall: 10.2 cm x 15.5 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-046.095

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