Landscape with St. Onuphrius, after 1574
Onophrius chose the life of a hermit, retreating to the wilderness to do penance. The landscape - part sheltering, part threatening - seems to mirror his intense emotion. Small paintings on copper were prized by collectors: viewing such a work was a personal, intimate experience, and the delicate touch of the brush repaid close study. The quality is extraordinary, and the unidentified artist likely specialized in painting on copper, a support favoured by many Northern artists. The painting is derived from a drawing by Muziano, suggesting that the artist was in his workshop. Muziano also had the drawing reproduced as a print, ensuring its fame.
on verso: “173” in chalk
Joan Booth, Cambridge, UK 
Westminster Memorial Trust, London, UK, given by Joan Booth 
G. Nehmad, Milan, Italy, purchased from Westminster Memorial Trust 
Yvonne Tan Bunzl, London, UK, purchased from G. Nehmad 
National Gallery of Canada, purchased from Yvonne Tan Bunzl 
 Landscape with St. Onuphrius was given by Miss Joan Booth of Cambridge to the Westminster Memorial Trust in early 1967 to raise funds for the Westminster Theatre, a centre for Christian drama in London [email by Stanley Kiaer, former Secretary of the Westminster Memorial Trust, to Anke Kausch, NGC Provenance Research Project, August 17, 2008]. Ms. Booth came from a prosperous family of British retailers. The painting was sold by the Westminster Memorial Trust at Sotheby's, London, on Feb. 22, 1967 [lot 173, repr.].
 See note .
 Milan art dealer G. Nehmad acquired the painting at the 1967 Sotheby's sale [letter by Julian Stock of Sotheby's, London, to NGC research curator Myron Laskin Jr., dated Nov. 24, 1969].
 According to Julian Stock, London art dealer Yvonne Tan Bunzl purchased the painting from G. Nehmad [see note 3].
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