95 BARBARA HAEGER Barent Fabritius' Three Paintings of Parables for the Lutheran Church in Leiden For Christian Tümpel Barent Fabritius' three paintings of parables - the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the Paiable ofJ,azarus and the Rich Man, and the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum) -deserve closer attention than they have received heretofore.' The paintings, executed in 1661 for the Lutheran Church in Lei- den, provide a rare opportunity for exploring the way in which some religious images functioned in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth-century. Protes- tant churches seldom commissioned such works3 and all too often little is known about who acquired them, where they were hung and how they were perceived. In the case ofrabritius' paintings, the first two questions have been answered so that it is possible to address the third. As shall be demonstrated, a remarkable collaboration between patron and painter produced a set of pic- tures that through innovative iconographical features and compositional devi- ces forms a coherent theological program and conveys essential points of Lu- theran doctrine. Rudolphus Heggerus, minister of the Lutheran Church in Leiden from 1622 until his death in r 66?, is the logical person
Oud Holland - Quarterly for Dutch Art History – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1987
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