Lot 7
  • 7

Attributed to Cornelis Massys

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
17,500 GBP
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  • Cornelis Massys
  • A river landscape with St John the Baptist preaching and the Baptism of Christ
  • oil on panel
  • 30.8 by 43.5 cm.; 12 1/2 by 17 1/8 in.


P. Smidt van Gelder collection;
His sale, Geneva, Moos, 7 October 1933, lot 124, (as "Cornelis Metsis");
Possibly Krell Collection;
From whom acquired by W. Paech, Amsterdam;
From whom acquired in September 1940 by P. de Boer, Amsterdam;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's Mak van Waay, 7 April 1970, lot 200 (as "Cornelis Matsijs");
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 10 May 1971,  lot 231;
Anonymous sale, Lucerne, Galerie Fischer, 13 November 1973, lot 235.

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Dr. Walter Gibson for noting that this painting is very close in style to the work of Cornelis Massys, particularly the atmospheric treatment of the landscape. Dr. Gibson has compared the background elements in the present work, such as the hill-top towns on craggy rocks, to those found in Massys' Saint Jerome in the Wilderness in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp (see W. Gibson, Mirror of the Earth: The World Landscape in Sixteenth-Century Flemish Painting, Princeton 1989, reproduced fig. 2.21).