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Landscape with the Temptation of Christ, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliiorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 190 x 247 mm
  • Inv. 2013-AAW

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The theme of the Temptation of Christ is set in a wooded river landscape. In the foreground, the Devil points to some stones on the ground and challenges Christ to turn them into loaves of bread. At the top of the mountain, he promises Christ all the kingdoms of the world (Matt 4:1-11).


Pieter I van der Borcht RKD
Mechelen ca. 1530 - Antwerp ca. 1611

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title Landscape with the Temptation of Christ, from the series Imagines et figurae bibliiorum
Date ca. 1582 - 1593
ca. 1653 - 1654
Period 16th century
17th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription top left, away from centre: Stulta arrogantia.
inscription top right: Matthei. 4. 1.
inscription bottom left: Pe. V. Borcht.
inscription bottom right: 66
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-AAW
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D3 Christ as adult Iconclass
11K devil(s) and demons Iconclass
11K1 human-shaped devil Iconclass
11K41 devil(s) appearing to mortals, trying to seduce them; temptation Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25F26(HARE) rodents: hare Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H112 rocks Iconclass
25H1124 boulder, stone Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
41C621 bread, loaf Iconclass
47I213 sheep Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C public life of Christ: from his baptism until the Passion Iconclass
73C2 story of the temptation of Christ in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13) Iconclass
73C21 Christ in the wilderness (desert) Iconclass
73C22 Christ, sometimes accompanied by guardian angel(s), tempted by Satan, who usually appears in human form Iconclass
73C221 'command these stones to become loaves of bread' ~ temptation of Christ in the wilderness Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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