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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1609 - 1685
Full title
Christ teaching from Saint Peter's Boat on the Lake of Gennesaret
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
46.7 x 62.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Charles Lock Eastlake, 1906
Inventory number
Location in Gallery