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Christ and a Scribe

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Christ and a Scribe

17th century

Gerrit van Honthorst

Dutch, 1590-1656

Pen and wash
7 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (19.1 x 29.8 cm)
LeRoy M. Backus Collection
Provenance: Bertsche Collection; LeRoy Manson Backus, Seattle; his bequest to the Seattle Art Museum in 1952
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, The Le Roy M. Backus Memorial Collection, 1952. Cat. no. 10 [as “Honthorst, Gerrit van [attributed]”].

Allentown, Pennsylvania, Allentown Art Museum, Gothic to Baroque in Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, Oct. 30 - Dec. 31, 1960.
Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Old Master Drawings From the Seattle Art Museum Collection, Feb. 7 - Mar. 30, 1980 (Owensboro, Kentucky, Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, Aug. 30 - Oct. 4, 1981; Claremont, California, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, Nov. 14 - Dec. 18, 1981; San Diego, California, San Diego Museum of Art, Jan. 1 - 30, 1982; El Paso, Texas, El Paso Museum of Art, Mar. 1 - Mar. 29, 1982; Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, May 8 - June 5, 1982; Baton Rouge, Louisiana Art and Science Center, June 27- July 23, 1982; Littleton, Colorado, Northern Colorado Gallery for the Arts, Arapaho Community College, Sept. 3 - Oct. 1, 1982). Text by Erna Mandowsky. Cat. no. 23, p. 20 [as "Attributed to Gerrit van Honthorst"].
Published ReferencesNicolson, Benedict. The International Caravaggesque Movement: Lists of Pictures by Caravaggio and His Followers Throughout Europe from 1590 to 1650. Oxford: Phaidon, 1979; pp. 58, 249, pl. 152.

Judson, J. Richard. “New Light on Honthorst.” Hendrick ter Brugghen und die Nachfolger Caravaggios in Holland (1988): p. 115, fig. 152.

Nicolson, Benedict and Luisa Vertova. Caravaggism in Europe. Torino: U. Allemandi, 1989; I, pp. 42, 123, 253; III, pl. 1280.

Bieneck, Dorothea. Gerard Seghers, 1591-1651: Leben und Werk des Antwerpener Historienmalers. Lingen, Germany: Luca Verlag, 1992; p. 52, fig. 8.

Judson, J. Richard. and Rudolf E.O. Ekkart. Gerrit van Honthorst, 1592-1656. Doornspijk: Davaco, 1999; cat. no. D 8 (pp.328-329), pl. 393.

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