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Title Christ Preaching from a Ship on the Sea of Galilee
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to Willaerts, Adam (Dutch marine painter, 1577-1664)
Previously attributed to Teniers, David, I (Flemish painter, 1582-1649)
Date Earliest possibly about 1600
Date Latest possibly about 1664
Description An episode from the New Testament (Luke 5. 1-10) provided a suitable subject for Adam Willaerts's characteristic beach scene with crowds of people in the foreground. Soldiers, mothers with children, priests and beggars gather to listen to Christ preaching from a boat, surrounded by his apostles. The mountainous landscape on the right recalls the Flemish tradition, within which Antwerp-born Willaerts remained, notwithstanding his emigration to Utrecht in 1611. The ship in the background bears Flemish ensigns: the double-headed black eagle on a gold ground and the combination of red and gold stripes are associated with Antwerp and Mechelen.
Current Accession Number B.M.105
Former Accession Number No. 430
Subject religion (Christ, apostles); landscape; marine; figure
Measurements 137.5 x 165 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Principal Exhibitions Dutch Paintings of the 17th Century, 1951, cat. no. 108; The Timeless Moment: An Exhibition of Fine and Important Dutch and Flemish XVIIth Century Old Master Paintings, Alan Jacobs Gallery, London, 1984, cat. no. 1; Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century: Images of a Golden Age in British Collections, Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery, 1989 - 1990.
Publications Wright, C., The Timeless Moment, London, 1984, cat. no. 1; Wright, C., 'Collecting in Victorian England. Dutch 17th Century Paintings in Provincial Museums', The Connoisseur, vol. 201, no. 807, May 1979, pp. 26-31; Wright, C., Images of a Golden Age: Dutch Seventeenth-Century Paintings, Birmingham, 1989.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón



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