Graphics
by Leonaert BRAMER

Bramer was an extraordinarily prolific draftsman, not only by Delft standards but also by comparison with most other artists who were working in the northern Netherlands at the time. Apart from some genre representations, he was exclusively a history painter. His drawn oeuvre largely consists of sequences of illustrations based primarily on the Bible but also on classical and more or less contemporary literature. Bramer's series, which often fill 50 sheets, include the Old Testament, the New Testament, The Life of Alexander the Great, Livy's History of Rome, Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Francisco Quevedo's Spanish Dreams, and the anonymous Life of Lazarillo of Tormes and Tyl Eulenspiegel. Bramer made these unique series throughout his career. They reflect his artistic development from the early rapid brush drawings characterized by dramatic light and shade to the late, meticulously finished, and evenly lit coloured sheets.

In addition to the sequential illustrations, Bramer's oeuvre on paper consists of preparatory drawings for all kind of projects he was working on, such as large interior decorations that include murals in true fresco and illusionistic ceiling paintings. As most of these large-scale projects have vanished, it is above all through his drawings that we can gain an idea of this aspect of his artistic personality. Bramer also made designs for tapestries and earthenware.

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The Curious Ones
1655-60
Bush and gray ink, gray and brown washes on light brown paper, 391 x 560 mm
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf


Soldiers with Horses before a House
1655-60
Brush and gray ink, gray washes, 395 x 593 mm
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf


Concert of Angels (recto)
1650-52
Brush and gray ink, brush and watercolour, 531 x 406 mm
British Museum, London


Four Latin Fathers of the Church and Saints (verso)
1650-52
Brush and gray ink, brush and watercolour, 531 x 406 mm
British Museum, London


Jacob's Dream
1657-59
Brush and gray ink, diameter 135 mm
Koninklijke Tichelaar, Makkum


The Temptation of Christ
1645-55
Brush abd gray ink, 94 x 109 mm
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt


Design for a wall decoration
1645-50
Pen and wash, 180 x 216 mm
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo


Figures in a Loggia
c. 1660
Ink and wash, 315 x 395 mm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London


The Betrayal of Christ
1637
Brush and black ink, gray and black wash, black chalk on prepared paper, 203 x 273 mm
Private collection


Anchias Fleeing Troy with His Father and Son
1657-59
Brush and gray and black ink, gray washes, 400 x 300 mm
Private collection


Marcus Curtius Leaping into the Abyss on His Horse
1657-59
Brush and gray and black ink, gray washes, 400 x 300 mm
Private collection


Musicians in an Interior
c. 1660
Brush and gray ink, gray washes , 372 x 463 mm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
1630s
Brush and black ink, dray wash on brownish gray paper, 400 x 310 mm
Courtauld Gallery, London


The Trials of Job
1630s
Brush and black ink, dray wash on brownish gray paper, 400 x 310 mm
Courtauld Gallery, London


Money Combats the World, the Flesh, and the Devil
1659
Brush and gray ink, gray wash, 195 x 150 mm
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich


Quevedo and the Skeletons of Juan de la Encina and King Perico
1659
Brush and gray ink, gray wash, 195 x 150 mm
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich


Quevedo Sees Chicotus in the Battle
1659
Brush and gray ink, gray wash, 195 x 150 mm
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich


Scenes from the Life of Christ
1660s
Watercolour and gouache, 125 x 110 mm
Private collection


Scenes from the Life of Christ
1660s
Watercolour and gouache, 125 x 110 mm
Private collection


Scene from the Metamorphoses
1660s
Watercolour and gouache on vellum, 140 x 195 mm
Private collection


Scene from the Metamorphoses
1660s
Watercolour and gouache on vellum, 140 x 195 mm
Private collection



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