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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Leonard Bramer, Dutch, 1596–1674

Dead Abel Mourned by Angels


Pen and black ink and gray wash on brown paper

image: 18.4 × 27.1 cm (7 1/4 × 10 11/16 in.)
Egmont Collection, Yale Library Transfer
Leonaert Bramer was a member of the Bentvueghels (Birds of a Feather), a group of Netherlandish artists working in Rome in the early decades of the seventeenth century. Influenced by Caravaggio, Bramer became known as a painter of night scenes; he is thought, in turn, to have influenced Rembrandt. This drawing has a nervous calligraphy and strong contrasts of light and dark that are typical of the artist. Bramer made at least two other drawings of the Dead Christ Mourned by Angels, but no painting of the subject by the artist is known, and this sheet is likely to be one of the hundreds of drawings that he made as ends in themselves.
Made in The Netherlands
17th century
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors

John Percival, first Earl of Egmont (1683-1748);
John T. Graves; Robert Hoe (sale New York, Ander-
son Auction Company, April 15-19, 1912, Library
of Robert Hoe, Part III, A-K, no. 949); Yale
University Library (anonymous donor, 1957)


Suzanne Boorsch and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 29, 146–47, no. 45, ill.

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