Wednesday, 4 April 2018

"Flemish School / Spanish School, circle of Morales" is copy after Coxcie

The Poitiers auction house, in France, sells on 7 April 2018 a "Flemish School, late 16th century" "Descent of the cross" estimated at  1,000 to 2,000 Euro. Bizarrely, the image has the description "Spanish School of the late 16th century, circle of Morales" instead.

The work is actually a copy of a Michiel Coxcie original which was quite popular in its day. The above original is in the collection of Park Abbey in Heverlee, close to Leuven, Belgium. It of course isn't a "descent of the cross" but "Christ carrying the cross"...

The copy for sale is rather bland, and the estimate is probably right. 

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