Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, December 8, 1978, lot 52 (as attributed to Joos de Momper the Younger);
With Galerie Heinemann, Wiesbaden;
From whom acquired by the present collector in the 1970s.
The present landscape bears all of the characteristics typical of the paintings of Maerten Ryckaert. These characteristics include the rendering of the foliage, which is executed in rhythmic patterns of green-yellowish paint, and the application of dot-like highlights, which are here evident in both of the castles.
The subject that Ryckaert chose for this panel, Christ on the Road to Emmaus, demonstrates the artist's firm roots in the tradition of the Antwerp school of landscape painting. The subject became very popular in the late 16th century through the dissemination of the print of Lucas and Joannes van Doetecum made after the design of Pieter Brueghel the Elder of circa 1554-55.1 The present composition also reveals Ryackaert's debt to the work of Joos de Momper, to whom this work had previously been ascribed (see Provenance and Literature).
We are grateful to Dr. Luuk Pijl for endorsing the attribution to Maerten on the basis of photographs, and for his help in cataloguing this work. The present lot will be sold with a certificate from Dr. Pijl.
1. See, N.M. Orenstein, Pieter Brueghel Drawings and Prints, exhibition catalogue, New York 2001, p. 122, cat. no. 23, reproduced.
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