The painting is unrecorded in the literature and was unknown to Dr. Alexander Wied, who confirmed its authenticity in email communication with the present owner. It is interesting that the painting is not only signed and dated, but that the artist has added his age as well. Prior to the discovery of this painting, Marten's last known works were dated 1610.1 Only three other paintings, all completed in the last five years of his life, include Van Valckenborch’s age in the signature.2 Wied hypothesizes that this was done to avoid any confusion with the work of his nephew, Marten II, even though Marten the Younger died in 1597.
1. See A. Wied, Lucas und Marten van Valckenborch, Freren 1990, p. 275, cat. nos. M43 & M44, reproduced plates 34 & 35.
2. Ibid., cat. nos. M41, M42, M44.
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