Painting: A Man with Influence

The burglars who rifled London's Dulwich College Picture Gallery this month showed impeccable taste. They left second-rate works behind (TIME, Jan. 13), but briefly made off with some $7,000,000 worth of paintings by old masters, notably Rembrandt, Rubens—and Adam Elsheimer.

One of the most influential early-17th century painters, Elsheimer is one of those least known by today's public. Goethe praised his "true feeling for nature." Rembrandt copied his technique. Rubens collected his works and, when Elsheimer died —H at 32 in 1610, lamented: "Never again will there be a substitute for his...

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