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The Penitent Saint Paul, ca. 1609 - 1611

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 274 x 171 mm
  • Inv. 2014-JZ

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Saint Paul sits in a landscape. He leans on a book and holds writing implements. Against his leg rests a sword. In front of him is a stack of books. In the distance, Paul's conversion is depicted, with a ray from heaven with the Latin translation of Christ's words 'Saul, Saul, why persecute thou me' crashing into a group of soldiers and Paul falling from his horse. Below the depiction is a six-line Latin text describing the scene.


Willem van Swanenburg RKD
Leyden 1580 - Leyden 1612
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Abraham Bloemaert RKD
Gorinchem 1566 - Utrecht 1651

Willem van Swanenburg RKD
Leyden 1580 - Leyden 1612

Title The Penitent Saint Paul
Date ca. 1609 - 1611
Period 17th century
Location Leyden TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the depiction, top left: A. Bloemaert Invent./ W. Swanenburg Sculp. et exc.
printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: 2
printed inscription outside the depiction, below: Quisquis habes docti divina volumina Pauli, (etc. t/m) Atque oris gladio nunc pia bella gerit.
printed inscription outside the depiction, below: S. Paulus.
printed inscription outside the depiction, below: Double
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-JZ
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
11H(PAUL) the apostle Paul of Tarsus; possible attributes: book, scroll, sword Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73F2 lives and acts of the apostles (part I) Iconclass
73F22 life and acts of Paul (Saul) Iconclass
73F221 story of the conversion of Paul (Acts 9:1-18) Iconclass
73F2212 on the way to Damascus Christ appears to Saul, who falls from his horse and is blinded by the light Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
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