Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Antwerp School Lamentation

De Zwaan, from the Netherlands, sells on 1 November 2017 as lot 4508 an "Antwerp School, 16th century" Lamentation, an oil on panel of 57 by 44 cm estimated at 2,000 to 4,000 Euro.

While I haven't been able yet to find a direct example or likely artist for it, it seems to be based on the works of Joos van Cleve Antwerp, 1480-1540).

His Lamentation altarpiece from the Louvre (central panel shown) has the same clothing, a similar Christ, similarly poised lamenting women...

Other similar works (at least in some aspects) are this engraving by the Monogrammist BM from the late 15th century (from the Rijksmuseum), the cross, including its texture, and the position of some of the Mary's.

The figure on the right side seems to be dierctly inspired by Durers Lamentation from the late 15th century as well.

Considering the quality of the work for sale and its age, it seems very cheap, and it wouldn't surprise me if it fetched 10,000 Euro instead.

UPDATE: sold for 4800 Euro, above the highest estimate but still cheap I think.

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