Made by Jan Brueghel, the Elder / View of Heidelberg / ca. 1588-89Made by Jan Brueghel, the Elder
View of Heidelberg
ca. 1588-89

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Creator Name: Brueghel the Elder, Jan
Creator Nationality: European; Flemish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Flemish, 1568-1625
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Jan Brueghel, the Elder
Title: View of Heidelberg
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1588
Creation End Date: 1589
Creation Date: ca. 1588-89
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Pen and brown ink, brush and blue and brown washes, heightened with white; framing lines in pen and brown ink
Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 12 in. (20.0 x 30.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1995.15
Credit Line: Purchase, David T. Schiff Gift and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1995

This drawing records the city of Heidelberg seen from the west across the Neckar River. The castle appears as it did before additions were made between 1590 and 1592. Brueghel's sketch dates from about 1588-1589, when the artist traveled from Antwerp to Italy, arrriving in Naples in 1590. This is the earliest known drawing by Brueghel. The definition of forms with a combination of short, vertical lines in fine pen, which in places are blurred, and the broadly applied translucent washes are characteristic, as is the composition. Brueghel made several drawings of Heidelberg and used motifs from these travel sketches in paintings such as the 'Allegory of Spring' of 1611 (private collection, Scotland), which shows Heidelberg castle as it appears in a copy after a drawing by Brueghel in the Kurpfalzisches sketchbook (Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart).

AMICA ID: MMA_.1995.15
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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