Christ on the Road to Emmaus, attributed to Cornelis van Poelenburgh (1594-1667).

Oil on canvas, 28cm by 35.5cm.

‘Cornelus Polinburge’ is written on the stretcher.

The scene records the meeting of Christ with two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus after the Resurrection.

Van Poelenburgh was one of the first wave of 17th Century Dutch artists to travel to Rome, where he was influenced by the work of Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610).

He began to specialise in small-scale Italianate landscapes, usually with figures depicting scenes from both religious and mythological stories.

He also spent some time in England, painting small cabinet pictures for Charles I who had summoned him to London.


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