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 Bartholomeus Breenbergh



Bartholomeus Breenbergh    

Bartholomeus Breenbergh (before 13 November 1598 – after 3 October 1657) was a Dutch painter born in Deventer.

Breenbergh established himself in Amsterdam and then in 1619 went to Rome. There he lived and worked with the Flemish painter Frans van de Kasteele and was heavily influenced by another Fleming, the landscape painter Paul Bril. From 1623, however, he came completely under the spell of Italian landscapes by the somewhat older Cornelis van Poelenburgh—indeed, the works of Breenbergh and van Poelenburgh are sometimes very difficult of tell apart. Breenbergh in his turn influenced the French painter Claude Lorrain. Breenbergh was one of the founders of the Bentvueghels, where he was nicknamed "het fret".

In 1633 Breenbergh returned to Amsterdam, where he remained until his death, and where he made paintings and etchings of Italian buildings. There he was influenced by the pre-Rembrandtists such as Pieter Lastman and Nicolaes Moeyaert, but he placed their Biblical and mythological scenes in Italian landscapes.


Idealised View with Roman Ruins, Sculptures, and a Port
c. 1650
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid



Coastal Landscape with Balaam and the Ass



Joseph Selling Wheat to the People
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham



Moses and Aaron Changing the Nile to Blood



Bendicion episcopal



Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
c. 1630



The Finding of Moses



Italian landscape with the Aurelian wall.



Jesus healing a deaf-mute



Landscape with the Finding of Moses
Hallwylska Museet, Stockholm



The Preaching of St John the Baptist
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York






The Prophet Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath


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