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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Denijs van Alsloot
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 80,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
171

THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Denijs van Alsloot
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 80,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Denijs van Alsloot
BRUSSELS BEFORE 1573 - 1625/1626
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
signed lower left: D Alsoot. S.A.P.ic
oil on oak panel
51.5 by 67.3 cm.; 20 1/4  by 26 1/2  in.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, Stockholm, Bukowski, 5 November 1969, lot 203;
With Leger Galleries, London;
From whom purchased in 1971 by a private collector;
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Sotheby's, 12 Dec 2002, lot 5.

Catalogue Note

The forested landscapes of Alsloot – an artist whose works are rare – often incorporate views of castles and abbeys located in the Forêt de Soignes, near Brussels, a frequent source of inspiration. This was a region with close ties to the Brussels court, where Alsloot was employed from around 1599 by Archduke Albert and Archduchess Isabella as court painter. For them he painted landscapes, views of their estates and images of court festivities. The signature form adopted by Alsloot on this and other works indicates his official position (S.A.Pic.: Serenissorum Archiducum Pictor). 

Two drawings relate to Alsloot’s Flight into Egypt. Both are signed and dated 1608. One is in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and shows a Forest Landscape with a distant Castle (fig. 1).1 Most striking is the bridge and its placement in the lower right corner, repeated in the painting. The other is a Forest Landscape with a View of the Château at Tervueren in the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (fig. 2).2 Comparison with this sheet shows that the building depicted with topographical accuracy in its lakeside setting can now be identified with certainty as the château at Tervueren, an important site tied to the Brussels court. In the painting this vista is given greater prominence at the composition’s centre.

The very same building viewed from the same angle appears in a Winter Landscape by Alsloot dated 1618 that sold in 2000.3 In the case of the present painting, both highly finished drawings serve as compelling evidence for a date of around 1608. As in many of Alsloot’s paintings the figures are probably the work of Alsloot’s principal collaborator, Hendrik de Clerck (circa 1570–1629).


1. See G. Goldner and L. Hendrix, European Drawings 2, Malibu 1992, cat. no. 81.
2. Paris, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Renaissance et Maniérisme dans les Écoles du Nord, Dessins des collections de l’École des Beaux-Arts, E. Brugerolles, Paris, 16 October – 16 December 1995 and Hamburg, 16 May – 29 June 1986, no. 121.
3. London, Phillips, 12 December 2000, lot 71, for £270,000.

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