The Preaching of John the Baptist

Artist: Bartholomeus Breenbergh (Dutch, Deventer 1598–1657 Amsterdam)

Date: 1634

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 21 1/2 x 29 5/8 in. (54.6 x 75.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.305


This well-preserved picture by Breenbergh, a pioneer of Italianate landscape painting, dates from a few years after his return from Rome to Amsterdam. The subject of Saint John preaching in the wilderness was often employed by Dutch artists as an analogy to Protestant worship when the Netherlands was still ruled by Catholic Spain.