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Bartholomeus Douven
PENITENT MAGDALENE
Estimate
6,0008,000
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536
Bartholomeus Douven
PENITENT MAGDALENE
Estimate
6,0008,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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Bartholomeus Douven
DÜSSELDORF 1688 - AFTER 1726
PENITENT MAGDALENE
signed and dated lower left: B.F. Douvan./A. 1717
oil on panel
15 1/2  by 19 in.; 39.4 by 48.2 cm.
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Provenance

Private collection, France.

Catalogue Note

Little is known about the life of Bartholmeus Douven. He was born in Düsseldorf and studied with Adriaen van der Werff. Although he painted historical pictures and portraits, Douven was best known for his rendering of nudes, often in mythological and religious themes, like in this example.

The artist Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) painted a similar composition now in a private collection, New York, which could have served as an inspiration for Douven.1 Although both place Magdalene in a similar setting, with the motif of a skull, the artists chose to depict her agony in different ways. Orazio tilts her head back in an overly exaggerated way, a testament to the discomfort she feels, while Douven lets her heavy head rest on her hand as if to represent the pain she has to carry. 

1. See K. Christiansen and J. Mann, Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi, New York 2001, pp. 174-177, cat. no. 35, reproduced p. 175.

Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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New York