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Oil Painting - Christ Tempted in the Wilderness

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1963P10
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1626 - 1626

Maker Information

Artist:Paulus Brill - View biography for Paulus Brill


The seated figure of Christ and the horned figure Satan offering two full purses are dwarfed by the magnificance of the landscape. The landscape appears to be far from the wilderness of the title; herons and rabbits sit at the banks of the river, a flock of cows is driven over a distant hill by two cow herds, other figures seem to be walking to a distant town. This image is typical of Brill's arcadian landscapes in which the main characters seem almost incidental.

Bequest, 1962.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:1206 mm
Width:1492 mm