Jan Brueghel d. Ä.
Harbour Scene with Christ Preaching, 1598
Eichenholz, 79,3 x 118,6 cm
Aus der Mannheimer Galerie
Inv. Nr. 187
Harbour Scene with Christ Preaching
Whereas the crowd in the middle distance is attentive to Christ who is preaching from a boat on the Lake of Gennesaret (Luke 5,3), the foreground is filled with a tumultuous fish market scene. Fashionably dressed figures - more appropriate for a Sunday outing than for weekday shopping - stroll among the fishmongers and their almost still-life arrangement of wares, as well as among beggars who receive a few coins and fish waste. The religious content has been ostensibly integrated into everyday life.