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The Miracle of the Five Loaves

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1595

Artist:

Jacques de Gheyn II (Dutch, 1565-1629)
after Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1566-1651)

About this artwork

Jacob de Gheyn II’s oval engraving of Christ’s miracle of the loaves and fishes elegantly references this event in which the masses, who had come to hear Christ’s sermon, were fed by his multiplying the few crusts of bread and pieces of fish the disciples had procured. Once again, the miracle of replication appears at the heart of the Christian tradition, making print an optimal medium for depicting its holy stories and cult objects. That the engraving plate is an oval platter offers an additional reference to the miracle it depicts; it is as if the resulting loaves might be piled on it for distribution.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jacob de Gheyn, II

Title

The Miracle of the Five Loaves

Origin

Netherlands

Date

Artist's working dates 1585–1629

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

226 × 290 mm (image); 255 × 319 mm (plate); 269 × 327 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

Reference Number

1968.476

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