Lot 41
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Hermann Hahn

150,000 - 200,000 GBP
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  • Hermann Hahn
  • The marriage of Valentin von Bodecker and Agathe von der Linde, the city of Gdańsk beyond
  • signed and inscribed lower left on a cartellino: Vina Venusq,[ue] Ceres Propellunt Corpore Morbos, / His Hos impellunt Vina Venusq[ue] Ceres. / Ista Voluptatis Genitrices: Ista Voluptas / Progenuit, Matres sunt genitrice fate. / [...?] gula modicæ sunt pharmaca grata Veneno / [T...?] Venena dabunt prodiga Sumpta gulæ / Herman Han [...?] & Pinxit
  • oil on panel


Sale, Berlin, Rudolph Lepke, 9 December 1912, lot number unknown (according to RKD).                                                                                          


J. Palubicki, Malrze Gdanscy: malarze, szklarze, rysownicy i rytownicy w okresie nowozytnym w gdanskich materialach archiwalnych, Gdansk 2009, vol. 1, p. 234,  no. 156, reproduced;
E. Kizik, Prusy Królewskie 1454–1772: spoleczenstwo kultura gospodarka, Gdansk 2012, p. 315, reproduced p. 532;
J. Tylicki, 'Obraz "Alegoria cnoty malzenskiej". Klucz do drugiego oblicza sztuki Hermana Hana', in Biuletyn Historii Sztuki, 59, 1997, pp. 38–59, no. 1-2.

Catalogue Note

The painting records the marriage between Valentin van Bodecker, a burgomaster of Gdańsk (1578–1635) and Agathe von der Linde. It was most likely intended as a wedding gift for Agathe. Valentin van Bodecker (the groom) also sat to Laurence Neter in a small oval portrait on copper now in the Muzeum Archeologiczno-Historyczne w Elblągu, Elblag (RKD image no. 165981). That portrait notes his birth year as 1578. As the inscription denotes, the painting is more than just a marriage portrait, drawing on the much-used proverb in Northern mannerism Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus – love needs food and wine to thrive.

Hermann Hahn was born in Nysa (Neuss) on the left bank of the Rhine near Dusseldorf. He studied in Flanders, and possibly, too, in Vienna. Around 1600 he moved to Gdańsk where he remained for much of his life, though he served for a period as court painter to Sigismund III of Poland. This work was probably painted shortly after his arrival in Gdańsk and in fact includes a detailed view of the artist's adopted city in the background.