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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE GERMAN COLLECTION

Vincent Sellaer
LEDA WITH THE SWAN AND HER CHILDREN
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
467

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE GERMAN COLLECTION

Vincent Sellaer
LEDA WITH THE SWAN AND HER CHILDREN
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Vincent Sellaer
ACTIVE IN MECHELEN BEFORE 1538 - AFTER 1544
LEDA WITH THE SWAN AND HER CHILDREN

Provenance

Hildebrand;
His sale, Berlin, Helbing, 1909;
Bonte, Berlin;
Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 2 December 1975, lot 132 (with the above provenance);
Where acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

Several versions of Leda and the Swan by Sellaer are known, all nearly identical. The present version appears most similar to the panel currently in the Seattle Art Museum (inv. no. 2004.31).1

The subject derives from the famous lost composition of Leda by Leonardo da Vinci, which influenced and inspired a number of Netherlandish artists of the period including Joos van Cleve and Cornelis van Cleve, both of whom painted variants on the subject. Sellaer was exposed to Italian painting during his sojourn in Brescia around 1522–24, where he is thought to have worked with the painter Moretto da Brescia. 

1 http://art.seattleartmuseum.org/objects/31754/leda-and-the-swan-and-her-children?ctx=a1678029-5bf5-4a34-a43e-0a731ad48273&idx=0

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