BRAMER, Leonaert
(b. 1596, Delft, d. 1674, Delft)

Concert of Angels (recto)

Brush and gray ink, brush and watercolour, 531 x 406 mm
British Museum, London

On this sheet Bramer sketched two studies for ceiling paintings in the tradition of Correggio. On the recto fifteen angel sing and play musical instruments and five putti surround a cloud. The composition on the verso is more complicated. In the centre, three bands of angels recede toward a distant burst of heavenly light. The lower level of clouds is occupied by elderly men with large books who must be the four Latin fathers of the Church: Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory, and Jerome, who is identified by a lion.

Bramer is known to have decorated several ceilings, however, few of them have survived.