698
698
Attributed to Paulus van Vianen (1570-1614) and workshop
Southern German or Bohemian, Prague, early 17th century
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE HELIADES
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
698
Attributed to Paulus van Vianen (1570-1614) and workshop
Southern German or Bohemian, Prague, early 17th century
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE HELIADES
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Attributed to Paulus van Vianen (1570-1614) and workshop
Southern German or Bohemian, Prague, early 17th century
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE HELIADES

Literature

J. W. Frederiks, Dutch Silver vol. IV: Embossed Ecclesiastical and Secular Plate from the Renaissance until the End of the Eighteenth Century, The Hague, 1961, no. 81, pl. 95 (as Vertumnus and Pomona); 
I. Weber, Deutsche, Niederländische und Französische Renaissanceplaketten, 1500-1650, Modelle für Reliefs an Kult-, Prunk- und Gebrauchsgegenständen, Munich, 1975, p. 384, no. 948,8

Catalogue Note

This roundel with a scene from Ovid's Metamorphoses is part of a larger set of mythological roundels published by Ingrid Weber as workshop or circle of Paulus van Vianen (op. cit. no. 948,8). This attribution is enforced by a comparable series of mythological roundels in the Ashmolean Museum, which are similarly given to 'Paulus van Vianen and workshop' (Warren, op. cit. nos. 476-481).

The present scene shows the Heliades, the sisters of Phaëthon. After his fall, and having lamented his death for four months, they were changed into poplar trees to guard his tomb. Their mother is shown holding one of her daughters - Ovid describes her as trying to break of branches in desperation to save her children (Book 2, lines 344-366).  

RELATED LITERATURE
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Volume 3 - Plaquettes, Oxford, 2014, nos. 476-481

 

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