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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Attributed to Jacob de Backer
AN ALLEGORY OF THE TRASCIENCE OF EARTHLY BEAUTY AND LOVE
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT
17

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Attributed to Jacob de Backer
AN ALLEGORY OF THE TRASCIENCE OF EARTHLY BEAUTY AND LOVE
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Attributed to Jacob de Backer
ANTWERP CIRCA 1555 - CIRCA 1585
AN ALLEGORY OF THE TRASCIENCE OF EARTHLY BEAUTY AND LOVE
inscribed upper center on the cupid's tablet: LVXVRIES.PRAEDVLCE.MALV.CVITE. / MPVS.ET.ERROR ACELELLRA.FATVM / MVLTOS.IMEXVT.HAMIS.MER / RAQ[VE].CIRCAES.EFFEMINATACR 19 / HERBIS
oil on canvas
63 1/4 by 44 1/4 in.; 160.7 by 112.4 cm.
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Provenance

Anonymous Sale, Christie's New York, 5 October 1995;
With Jack Kilgore, New York, by 1997;
From whom purchased by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

This scene of narcissism and desire is overlooked by a deathly figure, while Cupid holds aloft a tablet, inscribed with a warning from Claudian's De Consulatu Stilichonis, "Luxury, that sweet curse to which time and error hasten.  An ill fate that has entrapped many in its snares, weakening the limbs with bane more deadly than that of Circe."1  Considering the brevity of his life, de Backer's oeuvre is remarkably large.  He is known to have painted numerous such allegorical scenes, often with a strong moral message suggesting the artist painted primarily for Antwerp's intelletual circle and indeed may himself have had a humanist education.

1.  Claudian, De Consulatu Stilichonis, book II, lines 132 - 138.

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