Friday, 1 July 2016

How to turn a "Parable of the Wedding Banquet" into a "Wedding at Cana"

Neumeister, from Germany, sells on 6 July 2016 a "Parable of the Wedding banquet" by Simon de Vos and the Francken Workshop, estimated at 8,000 to 10,000 Euro.

Van Ham sold the above "Wedding at Cana" by Francken for 9,500 Euro.

So, what does one have to do? Change Christ to some king, and change the people in the garden to a man being dropped in a well. Add or remove some details at random, and you have a new painting with a new subject!

The one for sale now is in a worse condition than the Van Ham example. It is in parts by a different hand, but it's hard to tell which one is better.

This clearly better version is unlikely to hit the market soon as it is safe in the collection of the Hermitage. it is by Frans Francken II and may be the base composition all these other ones are copied from. The one for sale is one of the more original ones though, the Cana version is much more common than the Parable version.

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