Bodan, a native of Mulhouse, was born into a family of painters and trained primarily with his brother, Hans–Conrad. He travelled to Italy, spending time in Rome, Naples and Sicily, and also visited Malta. Towards the end of his relatively short life (he died at the age of forty) he was appointed court painter to the Duke of Saxony, Hans Ludwig von Anhalt, in Zerbst.
Two drawings by Bodan the Younger in prominent museum collections are The Death of Cleopatra, signed and dated 1691, in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg1 and an allegorical drawing, Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus Would Freeze, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.2
1. The Death of Cleopatra (Inv.no. Hz 3397)
2. Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus Would Freeze (Inv.no. 41462)
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