Auction 126, Lot 692

"Bethlehem", Bruyn, Cornelius de

Subject: Holy Land, Bethlehem

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Reizen door de vermaardste deelen van Klein Asia

Color: Hand Color

24.8 x 9 inches
63 x 22.9 cm

Cornelis de Bruyn (1652-1726) was a Dutch artist who traveled through the Holy Land and other portions of Asia. De Bruyn had to disguise his activities because this was a repressive period during the Ottoman rule when foreigners were regarded with suspicion and the making of "graven images" was prohibited. De Bruyn avoided detection by pretending to be picnicking with two Franciscan monks who stood guard while he made his drawings. This lovely view of Bethlehem shows the small village with a shepherd with his flock, and travelers on the road in the foreground. His works are particularly historically valuable because of their accuracy.


Condition: A

Issued folding, now flattened, with a bit of faint toning along one fold.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/3/2008