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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Julie von Bredow Gamboni, after Frans Wouters
VENUS AND ADONIS
JUMP TO LOT
50

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Julie von Bredow Gamboni, after Frans Wouters
VENUS AND ADONIS
JUMP TO LOT

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Julie von Bredow Gamboni, after Frans Wouters
ITALIAN, LATE 19TH / EARLY 20TH CENTURY
VENUS AND ADONIS
signed and inscribed on the reverse: 'Venus et Adonis de Rubens / 'Copié d'après l'original par Julie von Bredow Gamboni'';
the reverse with a Galleria degli Uffizi red wax seal

oil on canvas, unlined


A late 19th or early 20th century copy after the painting which depicts Venus attempting to prevent Adonis from hunting, in the Uffizi, Florence, datable to 'circa' 1640–50. The painting was formerly attributed to Rubens (as the inscription on the back of the present canvas testifies) but has since been attributed to his pupil, Frans Wouters.1

Wouters entered Rubens' studio in 1634 and also came to England to work on commissions for Charles I in 1637. This composition reflects Wouters' debt to Rubens, as well as to Jan Brueghel the Elder, with whom Rubens often collaborated. The two dogs, lower left, for example, recur in several works by Jan Brueghel, including the painting executed in collaboration with Hendrick van Balen recently sold at Sotheby's in July.2 It must be assumed that Wouters also encountered this motif while working in Rubens' studio.

Julie von Bredow Gamboni was the daughter of Otto von Bismarck's relative, Leopold Waldemar von Bredow. She married Ferdinand Gamboni, a headmaster, and they lived in the celebrated Villa Mercedes on Capri. Her copy of Titian's 'Portrait of Caterina Cornaro', the original of which is also in the Uffizi, is in the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, Cyprus.

1 https://rkd.nl/explore/images/38814
2 http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2018/old-masters-evening-l18033/lot.31.html


Unframed: 67 x 96.7 cm.; 26 3/8  x 38 in. Framed: 75.8 x 105.6 cm.; 29 7/8  x 41 5/8  in.
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Provenance

Private collection, The Netherlands, until acquired by the present owners.

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