Lot 8
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Roelandt Savery

100,000 - 150,000 GBP
380,750 GBP
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  • Roelandt Savery
  • Orpheus playing the lyre to the animals, a moment before his death at the hands of the Thracian Maenads
  • signed and dated lower left: ROELANDT/ SAVERY/ 1618
  • oil on oak panel
  • 36.5 x 49 cm.; 14 3/8  x 19 1/4  in.


With Vitale Bloch, Paris, 1952;

Private Collection, Milan.

Catalogue Note

Another very closely related version of this composition, of similar dimensions and also on panel, is in the collection of the Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Vienna.1 The Vienna picture is not signed, but is dated by Kurt Müllenmeister to around 1628, a decade later than the present version, although previously it had been dated by Kurt Erasmus to 1618.2

Savery was attracted to this subject: he painted no less than 25 treatments of it between 1617 and 1628. By 1616 Savery was in Amsterdam, following some peripatetic years after his employment in Rudolfine Prague came to an end. He finally settled in Utrecht in 1619, the year after he painted this work.

1. S. Ferino-Pagden, et al., Die Gemäldegalerie des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, Verzeichnis der Gemälde, Vienna 1991, p. 109, reproduced pl. 384.

2. K.J. Müllenmeister, Roelant Savery, Freren 1988, p. 296, cat. no. 210.