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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Johannes Paulus Moreelse, or Johan Pauwelszon Moreelse (c. 1603–1634), was a Dutch baroque painter belonging to the school of Utrecht Caravaggism during the Dutch Golden Age.

Moreelse was born in Utrecht. His father, Paulus Moreelse, was at that time a famous portrait painter. Of his life little is known. Johan Moreelse studied in Utrecht, in the studio of its father, and then in Rome (1627), where he was appointed into a papal knight order. Moreelse died in his home town during a plague epidemic. His small number of works were only assigned to him in the 1970s.


  • Democritus
  • Democritus, der lachende Philosoph (nl. Democritus, de lachende wijsgerige)
  • Heraclitus
  • Esau vergibt sein Erstgeburtsrecht an Jakob
  • San Piedro
  • Büßende Maria Magdalena (nl. Boete doende Maria Magdalena)


  • Benedict Nicolson, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 116, No. 859, Special Issue Devoted to Caravaggio and the Caravaggesques, pp. 618-620 (10/1974).
  • B. Nicolson, Caravaggism in Europe, Oxford (1979), 2nd ed., dl. I, pp. 150-151
  • A. Blankert [e.a.], catalogus van tentoonstelling (cat. tent.) Nieuw Licht op de Gouden Eeuw (Neues Licht auf das Goldene Zeitalter), Utrecht (Centraal Museum), Braunschweig, Herzog-Anton-Ulrich-Museum (1987), pp. 317-322
  • J. A. Spicer [e.a.], cat. tent. Masters of Light. Dutch painters in Utrecht during the Golden Age, Baltimore (The Walkers Art Gallery), San Francisco (Fine Arts Museum), London (The National Gallery) (1997-1998), pp. 385-386

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