NETHERLANDISH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1510
Portrait of a man, half-length, praying
oil on panel
141⁄2 x 95⁄8 in. (36.7 x 24.5 cm.)
Felix Ziethen, Munich; his sale, Hugo Helbing, 22 September 1934, lot 47, illustrated, with expertise from M.J. Friedländer.
Anonymous sale; Dorotheum, Vienna, 13 October 2010, lot 302, as 'Follower of Ambrosius Benson'.
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The artist of the present portrait is engaging with the tradition of Netherlandish portraiture that can be seen going back to models such as Rogier van der Weyden's circa 1460 depiction of Philippe de Croÿ I (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp). Where this latter was painted as part of a diptych in which de Croÿ is praying to the Virgin and Child, the fact that the present sitter is shown on the heraldic right indicates that he was possibly once part of a marital diptych, likely coupled with a portrait of his wife at prayer.
Post Lot Text
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