Lot 111
  • 111

Prague School, circa 1580

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
Sold
22,500 USD
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Description

  • The abduction of Europa
  • oil on copper
  • 16 by 21 5/8  in.; 40.6 by 55 cm.

Catalogue Note

This refined cabinet work arose from within the Prague School at the end of the sixteenth century.  The painting may relate in composition to the lost painting by Bartholomeus Spränger of the same subject recorded in the 1621 inventory of Rudolf II's collection.  We are grateful to Alexandra Zvereva, who has suggested that this work could be a collaboration between two artists active in the Rudolfine court, Dirk de Quade Ravesteyn and Jacob Hoefnagel, the former likely responsible for the figures and the landscape while the latter for the objects in the foreground.  
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