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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.




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.


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Prints and Drawings


Jacob de Gheyn, II


The Miracle of the Five Loaves


Netherlands (Artist's nationality)


Artist's working dates 1585–1629


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 22.6 × 29 cm (8 15/16 × 11 7/16 in.); Plate: 25.5 × 31.9 cm (10 1/16 × 12 9/16 in.); Sheet: 26.9 × 32.7 cm (10 5/8 × 12 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

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