Benjamin Gerritsz Cuyp (1612-1652)

Artist Name Benjamin Gerritsz Cuyp (1612-1652)
Title The Annunciation to the Shepherds
Description This wonderful 17th century Old Master religious oil painting is attributed to Dutch Golden Age artist Benjamin Gerritsz Cuyp. Painted circa 1633 it is entitled The Annunciation to the Shepherds. The figures of the shepherds are painted in muted tones with the focus being on The Holy Ghost and light shining down from the heavens. Even the sheep appear awe struck as they face the scene. A tremendous painting with overtones of Rembrandt.
Provenance Wiltshire estate.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 36 x 28 inches
Frame Housed in a complementary 18th century carved gilt frame, 42 inches by 34 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Benjamin Gerritszoon Cuyp (1612 – 1652) was a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter. Cuyp was born and died in Dordrecht. According to Houbraken he was a pupil of his uncle, Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp, who taught him together with his son (Benjamin's cousin) Aelbert Cuyp. Houbraken felt Aelbert had neater brush strokes and Benjamin showed the rough approach of his teacher. According to the RKD, Houbraken was mistaken about the family, and Benjamin and Jacob were both born in Dordrecht as the sons of a glasspainter from Venlo named Gerrit Gerritsz Cuyp. Benjamin learned to paint from his older half-brother, Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp. He was therefore the uncle, not the cousin, of the much more famous Aelbert Cuyp. He is known for allegorical pieces, genre works, beach scenes, military scenes, and landscapes. He influenced Barent van Kalraet, and was followed by Maerten Fransz van der Hulst.
Price £7750
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