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A Hermit Kneeling in Prayer by His Delapidated Hut
Plate 3 from Landscapes with Figures (3 plates)

Frederick Bloemaert, Dutch, c. 1616 - 1690. After Abraham Bloemaert, Dutch, 1566 - 1651. Published by Frederick Bloemaert, Dutch, c. 1616 - 1690.

Made in Utrecht, Netherlands, Europe

After 1635


Sheet (cut within platemark): 10 × 7 5/16 inches (25.4 × 18.5 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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In certain prints, a lone monumental tree becomes the subject of the work, assuming the role traditionally assigned to the human figure. Here, even the actions of the praying hermit are secondary to the dominant tree with twisting branches and gnarled roots. Such trees are emblematic of the ravage of time, as are the crumbling brick wall from which the roots protrude and the dilapidated shelter of the hermit, just visible in the background.