The National Museum of Western Art

update 20 February 2019

Currently not on display

Hendrick ter Brugghen (follower of) [1588 - 1629]

The Liberation of St. Peter

Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)137.5 x 172
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Nicolson A48; Slatkes/Franits TW5
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1980-0001
The Liberation of St. Peter

The subject was taken from the Book of Acts and relates the miraculous liberation of St. Peter from prison. This work depicting the saint visited by an angel while two soldiers are sleeping in the background was first published as a work of the Dutch Caravaggist painter Terbrugghen. While it examplifies this stylistic trend with its strong contrasts between light and shadow, recently some scholars have rejected the attribution to Terbrugghen, assigning this work to an anonymous painter well acquainted with Terbrugghen's style. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

Provenance

Discovered in 1946 by the former owner, a private collector in Montrouge in an antique shop at Honfleur; Madam Wanda Bouleau-Rabaud Collection, Montrouge; Heim Gallery, Paris, 1975; M. J. Brunschwig, Geneva; Heim Gallery, Paris; Purchased by the NMWA, 1980.

Exhibition History

1952
Caravaggio en de Nederlanden, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 1952 - 1952, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerpen, pp. 55-56, no. 90, repr.

Bibliography

1952
Gerson, Horst. Die Ausstellung Caravaggio und die Niederlande. Kunstchronik. Nov. 1952, p. 288.
1956
Nicolson, Benedict. The Rijksmuseum 'incredulity' and Terbrugghen's chronology. The Burlington Magazine. vol. 98, no. 637, Apr. 1956, p. 109, footnote 39.
1956
Judson, Jay R. Gerrit van Honthorst: A Discussion of His Position in Dutch Art. The Hague, 1956, p. 91, note 2.
1958
Nicolson, Benedict. Hendrick Terbrugghen. London, L. Humphries, 1958, pp. 78-79, no. A48, pl. 41C.
1962
Slatkes, Leonard J. Dirck van Baburen: A Dutch Painter in Utrecht and Rome. Utrecht, 1962, p. 157, no. E15.
1979
Nicolson, Benedict. The International Caravaggesque Movement: Lists of Pictures by Caravaggio and His Followers throughout Europe from 1590 to 1650. Oxford, Phaidon, 1979, p. 99, pl. 132.
1980
Maekawa, Seiro. The Liberation of St. Peter. The Japan-Netherlands Institute Newsletter. Tokyo, no. 4, 1980, pp. 2-3, repr.
1980
Jong, E. de. De Slapende Mars van Hendrick ter Brugghen. Utrecht, 1980, pp. 6-8.
1982
Gazette des Beaux-Arts. ser. 6, tome 99, March 1982, "Chronique des Arts", p. 72, no. 382, repr.
1982
Annual Bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 15 (1980), 1982, Mayekawa, Seiro. On the New Acquisitions 1980. pp. 6-7, Catalogue of the New Acquisitions 1980. p. 16, repr.
1983
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1983 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 21, repr.
1986
De Rembrandt á Vermeer: Les peintres hollandais au Mauritshuis de La Haye (exh. cat.). Broos, Ben, ed. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 19 February- 30 June 1986. La Haye, Edition de la Fondation Johan Maurits van Nassau, 1986, pp. 168-169, repr.
1986
Nieuw Licht op de Gouden Eeuw: Hendrick ter Brugghen en zijn Tijdgenoten (exh. cat.). Utrecht/Brunswick, 1986-1987, pp. 137, 164ff.
1988
Kobayashi-Sato, Yoriko. "The attribution of the Tokyo liberation of St. Peter to Ter Brugghen: A reconsideration." Hendrick ter Brugghen und die Nachfolger Caravaggios in Holland. Klessmann, Rüdiger, ed. Braunsweig, 1988, pp. 102-109, fig. 128.
1988
Dupark, J. Frederik. Albert Blankert, Leonard J. Slatkes et al., Nieuw licht op de gouden eeuw: Hendrick ter Brugghen en zijn tijdgenoten (exh. review). Simiolus. vol. 18, no. 3, 1988, p. 176.
1989
Kobayashi-Sato, Yoriko. Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in Japan I. Annual Report Bridgestone Museum of Art & Ishibashi Museum of Art. no. 37 (1988), 1989, pp. 39-40, no. 6, repr.
1989
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1989 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 24, repr.
1990
Catalogue of painting acquisitions: 1979-1989. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1990, pp. 68-70, repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 31, col. repr.
2018
Kofuku, Akira. Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. [Tokyo], The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; The Western Art Foundation, 2018, pp. 100-103, no. 28, col. repr.

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