Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Abraham Bloemaert

The engraving above captured my first interest with its lounging shepherds on their hilltop looking up to notice a human being flying in the air. One of the shepherds appears to be waving at the successful flyer, and Father Dedalus seems to be acknowledging the gesture. It looks as though nobody has noticed yet that Icarus is in trouble.

The artist was Abraham Bloemaert. He lived in the Netherlands between 1566 and 1651.

Landscape with Vegetables

Marrows & Cabbages

Boy with Drum

Putti with Heraldic Shield

Figure Studies

Study of Legs

Study of Legs

Study of Hands, with a Trumpeter

Study of Heads

Venus & Cupid


Parable of the Wheat and the Tares


Bloemaert's style changed radically after he came into contact with disciples of Caravaggio and their new declamatory art of chiaroscuro.