Lot 10
  • 10

Abraham Bloemaert

3,000 - 4,000 GBP
4,750 GBP
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  • Abraham Bloemaert
  • A Seated Figure Praying to a Crucifix (Diocles)
  • Pen and brown ink and wash over black chalk within pen and brown ink framing lines, indented for transfer (sheet is now laid down; at the time of 1976 sale it was noted that the verso was blackened and there was a brown ink inscription: 13/55)
  • 132 by 90 mm


Sir Robert Ludwig Mond (L.2813a);
sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby Mak van Waay, 3 May 1976, lot 184 (as Mary Magdalen)


T. Borenius and R. Wittkower, Catalogue of the Collection of Drawings by the Old Masters formed by Sir Robert Mond, 1937, no. 390;
J. Bolten, 'Macarius or Marcus? Notes on Abraham Bloemaert's Drawings of Anchorites' in Delineavit et Sculpsit 2, December 1989, p. 19, note 20;
M. Roethlisberger, Abraham Bloemaert and his Sons, 2 vols., Doornspijk 1993, vol. I, p. 360 under no. 600;
J. Bolten, Abraham Bloemaert c.1565-1651, The Drawings, 2 Vols, Leiden 2007, vol. I, p. 140, no. 366, reproduced vol. II, p. 181, fig. 366

Catalogue Note

This drawing served as the design for one of the plates in the large and apparently never completed print series known as the 'Second Series of Hermits' or Thebais sacra, designed by Bloemaert around 1620-30, and engraved some years later by his son, Frederick.  In the print based on the present drawing, the figure has, however, been transformed from the young woman seen here into the elderly, bearded hermit Diocles, one of the often obscure early Egyptian and Palestinian desert monks who constitute the subjects of this print series.