Auction 129, Lot 731

"Bethlehem", Bruyn, Cornelius de

Subject: Bethlehem, Holy Land

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; a shepherd with his flock and travelers on the road are in the foreground. His works are particularly historically valuable because of their accuracy.


Condition: A

Lightly toned with a couple of folds and a minor tear in margins with old paper repairs.

Estimate: $325 - $450

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/23/2009