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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN

Abraham Bloemaert
RECTO: A PRAYING, KNEELING MONK AND STUDY OF A HAND VERSO: STUDIES OF LEGS
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN

Abraham Bloemaert
RECTO: A PRAYING, KNEELING MONK AND STUDY OF A HAND VERSO: STUDIES OF LEGS
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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Abraham Bloemaert
GORINCHEM 1566 - 1651 UTRECHT
RECTO: A PRAYING, KNEELING MONK AND STUDY OF A HAND VERSO: STUDIES OF LEGS
Red chalk, heightened with white (recto and verso), corners cut
214 by 134 mm; 8 3/8  by 5¼ in
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Provenance

Sale, London, Christie's, 28 March 1972, lot 5;
With Herman Shickman, New York

Literature

J. Bolten, Abraham Bloemaert c.1565-1651, The Drawings, Leiden 2007, 288, no. 857 (verso), reproduced vol. II, fig. 857 and p. 304, no. 914 (recto), reproduced vol. II, fig. 914

Catalogue Note

In his comprehensive catalogue of Bloemaert's drawing, Jaap Bolten suggests that the kneeling Monk depicted on the recto of the present sheet may well have been produced at the same modelling session as three stylistically comparable studies, all of which depict almost identical subject matter.1

The rich application of red chalk, coupled with subtle touches of white heightening, is a graphic technique that Bloemaert particularly excelled in and the intriguing verso, which depicts a number of leg studies is, much like the recto, executed in this highly characteristic combination of media. Though Bolten suggests that the leg studies depicted in the present work were possibly studies for compositions like The Mocking of Christ,2 the cross legged pose of the legs found in the Haverkamp-Begemann sheet, as well as the extended foot, located on the upper right edge of the sheet, all suggest that these studies more likely relate to a Crucifixion. Indeed a close comparison can be drawn between the pose of the central pair of legs in the present work and those found in Bloemaert's Angels catching in cups the blood of the Crucified Christ,3 though Bolten dates this impressive sheet some 15 to 20 years earlier than the Haverkamp-Begemann drawing.

1. Bolten, op.cit., p. 303, under no. 913
2. Ibid., p. 74, no. 166, reproduced vol. II, fig. 166
3. Ibid., p. 75, no. 168, reproduced vol. II, fig. 168

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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