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Theodoor van Thulden
's-Hertogenbosch 1606 - 1669
ATHENA AND PEGASUS
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SOLD BY THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM TO BENEFIT FUTURE PAINTING ACQUISITIONS

Theodoor van Thulden
's-Hertogenbosch 1606 - 1669
ATHENA AND PEGASUS
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Theodoor van Thulden
's-Hertogenbosch 1606 - 1669
'S-HERTOGENBOSCH 1606 - 1669
ATHENA AND PEGASUS
signed (strengthened) and dated lower left: T van Thulden fecit Ao 1654
oil on canvas
113.7 by 151 cm.
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Provenance

With P. de Boer, Amsterdam, by 1943 (according to a note in the R.K.D. and an annotation in the sales catalogue of 1943);
Anonymous sale, The Hague, Van Marle & Bignell, 26 July 1943, lot 69 to V. Bloch;
With Vitale Bloch, London,
By whom (anonymously) sold, London, Sotheby's, 18 November 1964, lot 70, to Sidler;
With S. Nijstad, The Hague, by 1969,
By whom, (anonymously) sold, London, Christie's, 11 June 1971, lot 110, to French and Co.;
With French and Co., New York;
Dr. Walter S. Udin, Los Angeles, 1972, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1972 (inv. no. 72.PA.25).  

Exhibited

Utrecht, Kunsthistorisch Instituut, lent by Vitale Bloch, until 1964.

Literature

M.-L. Hairs, 'Theodore van Thulden', in Revue belge d'archéologie et d'histoire, 34, 1965, p. 39. reproduced p. 40, fig. 14;
B.B. Fredericksen, 'Recent Gifts of Paintings', in The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, vol. 3, 1976, p. 113, reproduced fig. 9;
M.-L. Hairs, Dans le Sillage de Rubens. Les Peintres d'Histoire Anversois au XVIIe siècle, Liège 1977, pp. 132, 138 and 142;
A. Roy, Theodoor van Thulden, een Zuidnederlandse barokschilder (1606-1669), exhibition catalogue, 's Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, Strasbourg, Musée des Beaux-Arts, December 1991 - May 1992, pp. 17 and 265, cat. no. 103, reproduced p. 15, fig. 3;
C. Brink and W. Hornbostel (eds.), Pegasus and the Arts, in: exhibition catalogue, Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1993, p. 176-7, under cat. no. 27, reproduced 27a;
A. Roy, in J. Turner (ed.),'Theodoor van Thulden', in The Dictionary of Art, London 1996, p. 787;
D. Jaffé, Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 1997, p. 124, reproduced;
P. Huys Janssen, Meesters van het Zuiden. Barokschilders rondom Rubens, exhibition catalogue, Noordbrabants Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch, 2000, p. 44, under cat. no. 8, reproduced p. 93, fig. 70;
P. Ramade (et. al.), Dans la lumière de Rubens. Peintres baroques des Pays-Bas de Sud, exhibition catalogue, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes, 2000, p. 82, reproduced fig. 61.

Catalogue Note

Although he did train in Antwerp, Van Thulden is thought not to have been a pupil of Rubens. It was Rubens nonetheless who was the most dominant influence in his development, and for whom he worked in the 1630s, for example on the designs for the Pompa Introitus Ferdinandi in 1635. Van Thulden was also strongly influenced by his trip to France in 1631-3, and in particular by the Primaticcio's and Nicolo dell'Abate's frescoed decorations at Fontainebleau, which he scrupulously copied.

In 1644 Van Thulden returned to his native 's-Hertogenbosch, where he remained until his death in 1669. The present picture was painted shortly after he settled there, and is a typical work of this period, when he showed a marked preference for Classical subject matter. Together with other works of this period, such as the Perseus delivering Andromeda of 1646 in the Musée des Beaux-Arts[1], in which the classically dressed figure of Perseus is a noticeable parallel to the present figure of Athena. The present work, with its soft modelling and languid elegance reveals another influence absorbed during his stays in Antwerp: that of Van Dyck, whose influence is yet more strongly seen in Van Thulden's portraiture.


[1] Inv. no. 853; see Literature, Roy 1991-2, pp. 175-6, cat. no. 32, reproduced, also on the cover of the exhibition catalogue.

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