Sale, New York, May 22st 2007, lot 1001 ; Jacques Grange Collection, Paris (purchased from the above)
Gustave Doré 1832-1883, catalogue d'exposition, Musée d'Art Moderne - Cabinet des estampes, Strasbourg, Septembre - Novembre 1983, p. 263, n° 446 (for an illustration of the print)
In the Gustave Doré exhibition catalogue (Musée d'Art moderne, Strasburg, 1983, p. 263, n°446), Michèle Lavallée writes that Doré was quite fond of the Cruisades as a theme as they regrouped different universes that he enjoyed to represent : war, Middle-Ages, religion, horror and exotism.
- Two scratches on the lower part of the composition (visible on the photograph), barely visible given the movement in that area
- a couple of superficial dirt spots, upper left and upper right
- the white gouache seems to have oxidized in some areas, especially on the angel’s hair, drapery, left arm, and flag.
Overall good condition.
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