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Aertsen, Pieter (1508-1575)
The CureDate: 1575
Movement: Renaissance (Late, Mannerism)
Theme: New Testament
Technique: Oil on cardboard
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
This is the last dated painting of the artist. It differs from his earlier genre scenes, and the triptych of the Adoration of the Magi, in the emphatic presence of the Renaissance architecture. His earlier work is dominated by bright, primary colours, whereas this painting is primarily composed of soft, tranquil colours.
The biblical story depicted here is about a healing spring in Jerusalem. Once in a while, this spring is visited by an angel, and the first person to bathe in it after the angel‚Äôs departure is cured of all their ailments. This miracle is portrayed through the arches of the bathhouse, with the angel flying away.
In the foreground, Christ is healing a cripple who did not succeed in reaching the spring.
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