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Herman Saftleven: 'Christ Teaching from Saint Peter's Boat'
Jesus used Andrew and Peter's boat to preach to the crowds, and then led the fishermen to a miraculous catch of fish. New Testament (Luke 5: 1-10). After this he called on them to be fishers of men. The subject refers to the contemporary theological debate about outdoor preaching. The artist has placed the scene in a fantastic mountainous landscape. The high viewpoint, the vastness of the space and the large number of figures almost obscure the actual event.

This type of landscape, with its rich colours and precise handling of details, is based on the Flemish tradition represented by Jan Brueghel the Elder and his followers.

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