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Early 17th Century Collection

Step back in time to the early 17th century, where art and history intertwine

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-16044

The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-16044. Artist: Michelangelo Caravaggio
The Laying in the Tomb ( The Deposition / The Entombment ), 1602-1604. Mary of Clopas with her arms raised; Mary Magdalene with bowed head; Nicodemus grasps the legs of the dead Christ

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Le Coup de Lance, 1620. Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

Le Coup de Lance, 1620. Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
Le Coup de Lance, 1620. At the Crucifixion the soldier pierces Christs side to make sure he is dead. At bottom right, the Virgin Mary and St John the Apostle turn aside in despair

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Mirror of Holiness (Mir at al-quds) of Father Jerome Xavier, 1602-1604. Creator: Unknown

Mirror of Holiness (Mir at al-quds) of Father Jerome Xavier, 1602-1604. Creator: Unknown
Mirror of Holiness (Mir at al-quds) of Father Jerome Xavier, 1602-1604. Father Jerome Xavier (1549-1617) of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuit order of Catholic priests

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Zulaykha in her palace and as an old woman with Joseph, from a Panj Ganj (Five Treasures)

Zulaykha in her palace and as an old woman with Joseph, from a Panj Ganj (Five Treasures) of Abd al- Rahman Jami (Persian, 1414-1492), 1603-1607

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: The Annunciation, from a Mir at al-quds of Father Jerome Xavier (Spanish, 1549-1617)

The Annunciation, from a Mir at al-quds of Father Jerome Xavier (Spanish, 1549-1617), 1602-1604. The Annunciation is a familiar scene in European Renaissance

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Preparation for the Crucifixion, early 1600s. Creator: Unknown

Preparation for the Crucifixion, early 1600s. Creator: Unknown
Preparation for the Crucifixion, early 1600s. Despite the religious subject, the scale and intricate detail indicate that this painting was not for a church setting

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Su Shi (So Shoku) and Pan Lang (Han Ro), early 1600s. Creator: Unkoku T?gan (Japanese, 1547-1618)

Su Shi (So Shoku) and Pan Lang (Han Ro), early 1600s. Creator: Unkoku T?gan (Japanese, 1547-1618)
Su Shi (So Shoku) and Pan Lang (Han Ro), early 1600s. This pair of screens depicts episodes from the stories of famed Song-dynasty poets Su Shi of the 1000s

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Su Shi (So Shoku), early 1600s. Creator: Unkoku T?gan (Japanese, 1547-1618)

Su Shi (So Shoku), early 1600s. Creator: Unkoku T?gan (Japanese, 1547-1618)
Su Shi (So Shoku), early 1600s. This pair of screens depicts episodes from the stories of famed Song-dynasty poets Su Shi of the 1000s and Zhou-dynasty official Pan Lang of the 900s

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Peasants Cottage (recto), c. 1600. Creator: Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1564-1651)

Peasants Cottage (recto), c. 1600. Creator: Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1564-1651)
Peasants Cottage (recto), c. 1600. Abraham Bloemaert, active in Utrecht, was a painter, prolific draftsman, print designer, and important teacher

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Peasants Cottage (recto); Bridge and Gate (verso), c. 1600. Creator: Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch)

Peasants Cottage (recto); Bridge and Gate (verso), c. 1600. Creator: Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch)
Peasants Cottage (recto); Bridge and Gate (verso), c. 1600. Abraham Bloemaert, active in Utrecht, was a painter, prolific draftsman, print designer, and important teacher

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Portrait of Suraj Singh Rathor, Raja of Marwar and Maternal Uncle of Shah Jahan

Portrait of Suraj Singh Rathor, Raja of Marwar and Maternal Uncle of Shah Jahan: A Page from the Prince Khurram Album, c. 1600

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Landscape with Travelers, 1605. Creator: Jan Brueghel (Flemish, 1568-1625)

Landscape with Travelers, 1605. Creator: Jan Brueghel (Flemish, 1568-1625)
Landscape with Travelers, 1605. A son of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jan traveled in Italy in the 1590s and later enjoyed a successful career in Antwerp

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Page from a Panj Ganj of Abd al-Rahman Jami (Persian, 1414-1492)... 1603-1607. Creator

Page from a Panj Ganj of Abd al-Rahman Jami (Persian, 1414-1492)... 1603-1607. Creator
Page from a Panj Ganj of Abd al-Rahman Jami (Persian, 1414-1492), with two Persian masnavis: Yusuf va Zulaykha (Joseph and Zulaykha) and Khirad-nama-i Iskandari, 1603-1607

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Page from a Panj Ganj (Five Treasures) of Abd al-Rahman Jami (Persian, 1414-1492)

Page from a Panj Ganj (Five Treasures) of Abd al-Rahman Jami (Persian, 1414-1492), with two Persian masnavis: Yusuf va Zulaykha (Joseph and Zulaykha) and Subhat al-abrar (Rosary of the Righteous)

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Isfandiyar slays Arjasp, the king of Turan, from a Shah-nama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi

Isfandiyar slays Arjasp, the king of Turan, from a Shah-nama (Book of Kings) of Firdausi (Persian, about 934-1020), 1600-1605

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Folios A and B from the Five Treasures (Panj Ganj) of Jami, 1520-1607

Folios A and B from the Five Treasures (Panj Ganj) of Jami, 1520-1607
Folios A and B from the " Five Treasures" (Panj Ganj) of Jami, 1520-1607

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Folio B: Folio from the Five Treasures (Panj Ganj) of Jami (recto), 1520-1607

Folio B: Folio from the Five Treasures (Panj Ganj) of Jami (recto), 1520-1607
Folio B: Folio from the " Five Treasures" (Panj Ganj) of Jami (recto), 1520-1607. This page contains two different texts

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Floral Embroidery, early 1600s. Creator: Unknown

Floral Embroidery, early 1600s. Creator: Unknown
Floral Embroidery, early 1600s. Contrasting with previous English work, naturalism and brilliantly coloured silk thread enliven this early 17th-century embroidery that was most likely from a curtain

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Grotesque Dancers Performing, c. 1600. Creator: Unknown

Grotesque Dancers Performing, c. 1600. Creator: Unknown
Grotesque Dancers Performing, c.1600. This scene from an unidentified manuscript depicts entertainers at the Mughal court

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: The Holy Family, c. 1620s. Creator: Unknown

The Holy Family, c. 1620s. Creator: Unknown
The Holy Family, c. 1620s. This painting of Joseph, the Virgin Mary, and the infant Jesus is based on European sources, but it also contains several details that are specifically Indian

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: A Man Dips His Hand into a Cauldron as Ladies of the Harem Stand in Amazement... c

A Man Dips His Hand into a Cauldron as Ladies of the Harem Stand in Amazement... c
A Man Dips His Hand into a Cauldron as Ladies of the Harem Stand in Amazement: A Page from a Manuscript of Religious History, c. 1600

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Bridge and Gate (verso), c. 1600. Creator: Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1564-1651)

Bridge and Gate (verso), c. 1600. Creator: Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1564-1651)
Bridge and Gate (verso), c. 1600

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Madonna with the Bowl, 1606. Creator: Annibale Carracci (Italian, c. 1560-1609)

Madonna with the Bowl, 1606. Creator: Annibale Carracci (Italian, c. 1560-1609)
Madonna with the Bowl, 1606

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Pan Lang (Han Ro), early 1600s. Creator: Unkoku T?gan (Japanese, 1547-1618)

Pan Lang (Han Ro), early 1600s. Creator: Unkoku T?gan (Japanese, 1547-1618)
Pan Lang (Han Ro), early 1600s. This is one of the pair of screens depicts episodes from the stories of famed Song-dynasty poets Su Shi of the 1000s and Zhou-dynasty official Pan Lang of the 900s

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Bellona Leading the Armies of the Emperor against the Turks, 1600. Creator: Jan Muller (Dutch)

Bellona Leading the Armies of the Emperor against the Turks, 1600. Creator: Jan Muller (Dutch)
Bellona Leading the Armies of the Emperor against the Turks, 1600. The central, striding figure, Bellona (the Roman goddess of war), is said to be either the sister or the wife of Mars, god of war

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Jahangir, early 1600s. Creator: Unknown

Jahangir, early 1600s. Creator: Unknown
Jahangir, early 1600s. Emperor Jahangir had tiny portraits of himself made to give as gifts to his friends, family, and courtiers as a sign of royal favor

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Akbar and Jahangir Examine a Ghir Falcon while Prince Khusrau Stands Behind, c. 1602-1604

Akbar and Jahangir Examine a Ghir Falcon while Prince Khusrau Stands Behind, c. 1602-1604. Emperor Akbar sits against a purple bolster under a canopy looking aged and careworn

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Ahijah and Jeroboam, 1604. Creator: Jan Saenredam (Dutch, 1565-1607); Jan Saenredam (Dutch

Ahijah and Jeroboam, 1604. Creator: Jan Saenredam (Dutch, 1565-1607); Jan Saenredam (Dutch
Ahijah and Jeroboam, 1604. These four prints were likely meant as two pairs of engravings depicting scenes of the lives of the prophets Ahijah and Elijah

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Elijah in the Wilderness Fed by Ravens, 1604

Elijah in the Wilderness Fed by Ravens, 1604. According to the Old Testament, Elijah, a ninth-century BC Hebrew prophet, survived his time in the wilderness with the help of a raven sent by God

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Elisha and Elijahs Chariot of Fire, 1604

Elisha and Elijahs Chariot of Fire, 1604. Elijah is perhaps best known for escaping death by ascending into heaven on a chariot of fire

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Cupid and Psyche, c. 1600. Creator: Jan Muller (Dutch, 1571-1628)

Cupid and Psyche, c. 1600. Creator: Jan Muller (Dutch, 1571-1628)
Cupid and Psyche, c. 1600. Muller adopted Goltziuss engraving style of a dense network of swelling and tapering lines. He sometimes made prints after works by Bartholomeus Spranger (1546-about 1611)

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: A Courtier, Possibly Khan Alam, Holding a Spinel and a Deccan Sword, c. 1605-1610

A Courtier, Possibly Khan Alam, Holding a Spinel and a Deccan Sword, c. 1605-1610. According to Akbars court historian, the emperor ordered likenesses to be taken of the grandees of his realm

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: An Illuminated Folio from the Royal Manuscript of the Farhang-i Jahangiri (recto), 1607-1608

An Illuminated Folio from the Royal Manuscript of the Farhang-i Jahangiri (recto), 1607-1608

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Old man in his study reading with the aid of spectacles. After a work dating from the early 17th

Old man in his study reading with the aid of spectacles. After a work dating from the early 17th century by Jan Gillisz van Vliet

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Lisowczycy soldiers in an archery contest, after the painting by Josef von Brandt

Lisowczycy soldiers in an archery contest, after the painting by Josef von Brandt. The Lisowczycy were an early 17th century irregular unit of the Polish-Lithuanian light cavalry

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: El Greco Domenikos Theotokopoulos Disrobing Christ

El Greco Domenikos Theotokopoulos Disrobing Christ
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos): Disrobing of Christ (Espolio), El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), Early 17th century, Oil on canvas, This canvas was probably painted by El Grecos son

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Nils Svantesson Sture Nils Sture 1543-1567 painting

Nils Svantesson Sture Nils Sture 1543-1567 painting
Nils Svantesson Sture, Nils Sture, 1543-1567, painting, portrait, early 17th century, oil on canvas, Height, 112 cm (44 inches), Width, 94 cm (37 inches)

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Jahangir early 1600s India Mughal early 17th century

Jahangir early 1600s India Mughal early 17th century
Jahangir, early 1600s. India, Mughal, early 17th century. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper; image: 4.8 x 3.2 cm (1 7/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Su Dongpo Riding Donkey late 16th early 17th century

Su Dongpo Riding Donkey late 16th early 17th century
Su Dongpo Riding a Donkey, late 16th to early 17th century. Reietsu (Japanese, active late 16th to early 17th century). Hanging scroll; ink on paper; overall: 72 x 37.2 cm (28 3/8 x 14 5/8 in.)

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Illuminated Folio Royal Manuscript Farhang- Jahangiri

Illuminated Folio Royal Manuscript Farhang- Jahangiri
An Illuminated Folio from the Royal Manuscript of the Farhang-i Jahangiri (verso), 1607-1608. India, Mughal, early 17th century

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Akbar Jahangir Examine Ghir Falcon Prince Khusrau Stands

Akbar Jahangir Examine Ghir Falcon Prince Khusrau Stands
Akbar and Jahangir Examine a Ghir Falcon while Prince Khusrau Stands Behind, c. 1602-1604. India, Mughal, early 17th century

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: A Man Dips Hand Cauldron Ladies Harem Stand Amazement

A Man Dips Hand Cauldron Ladies Harem Stand Amazement
A Man Dips His Hand into a Cauldron as Ladies of the Harem Stand in Amazement: A Page from a Manuscript of Religious History, c. 1600. India, Mughal, early 17th century

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Holy Family 1620s Northern India Mughal court

Holy Family 1620s Northern India Mughal court
The Holy Family, c. 1620s. Northern India, Mughal court, early 17th century. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper;

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Mirror Holiness Mir at al-quds Father Jerome Xavier

Mirror Holiness Mir at al-quds Father Jerome Xavier
Mirror of Holiness (Mir at al-quds) of Father Jerome Xavier, 1602-1604. Northern India, Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad, early 17th century

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Annunciation Mir at al-quds Father Jerome Xavier

Annunciation Mir at al-quds Father Jerome Xavier
The Annunciation, from a Mir at al-quds of Father Jerome Xavier (Spanish, 1549-1617), 1602-1604. Northern India, Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad, early 17th century

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Water Container Imbe Ware early 17th Century

Water Container Imbe Ware early 17th Century
Water Container: Imbe Ware, early 17th Century. Japan, Okayama Prefecture (formerly Bizen Province Kilns), Imbe, Momoyama Period (1573-1615), early 17th Century

Background imageEarly 17th Century Collection: Immortal Li Tieguai early 17th century Su Wennan

Immortal Li Tieguai early 17th century Su Wennan
The Immortal Li Tieguai, early 17th century. Su Wennan (Chinese). Bronze; overall: 41.8 cm (16 7/16 in.)



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Step back in time to the early 17th century, where art and history intertwine. Marvel at masterpieces like "The Continence of Scipio, " a captivating oil on canvas painting from around 1706 that tells the tale of ancient Rome's noble general. Immerse yourself in the chaos of war with "Royalist cavalry, Battle of Naseby, " a vivid color lithograph depicting a pivotal moment during the English Civil War in 1645. Gaze upon the regal visage of Charles I captured in chromolitho form, showcasing his power and influence during this tumultuous period. Experience the joyous celebration depicted in "The Wedding Dance, " an enchanting oil painting on panel that transports you to a lively scene filled with music and merriment. Delve into religious themes with "The Temptation of Saint Anthony, " an evocative oil on canvas artwork that explores temptation and spirituality. Witness the grandeur and opulence displayed in "The Queens of Persia at the feet of Alexander" (also known as The Tent of Darius), an exquisite oil painting from around 1660 that showcases both beauty and submission. Discover miracles through art with "Saint Luke healing the hydropic child, " a touching painting from the 17th century that portrays faith's ability to overcome illness. Contemplate redemption with powerful depictions such as "Penitent Magdalen" or "Saint Mary Magdalene penitent, " both striking oil paintings capturing moments of repentance and spiritual transformation. Explore academia through engravings like those found at the University of Leiden in Netherlands, established back in 1614—a testament to knowledge-seeking during this era. Finally, witness Michelangelo Caravaggio's mastery firsthand through his profound work titled "The Laying in the Tomb. " This hauntingly beautiful depiction captures Christ's descent into death with unparalleled realism.