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The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Jacopo Bassano The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Jacopo Bassano  
         

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Jacopo Bassano
Jacopo Bassano, The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, 1545, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Patrons' Permanent Fund 1997.21.1

 

The Story

The painting depicts a story from the New Testament in which Jesus calls Peter to become a disciple. The story (Luke 5:1-11) of the miraculous draught (haul) of fishes begins on the shores of Lake Gennesaret, where throngs of followers pleaded with Christ to speak to them. He stepped into a boat and asked to be rowed out into the water. There he preached to the crowds. The boat belonged to two fishermen, Peter and his brother Andrew.



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