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School of Rembrandt van Rijn
BALAAM'S ASS
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
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247
School of Rembrandt van Rijn
BALAAM'S ASS
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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School of Rembrandt van Rijn
BALAAM'S ASS
Pen and brown and gray ink and gray wash;
bears old attribution in brown ink, lower right: Rembrandt
149 by 185 mm; 5 7/8  by 7¼ in
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Provenance

Probably Count Gyula Andrássy de Csíkszentkirály et Krasznahorka

Catalogue Note

Stylistically, this drawing can be related to the work of Rembrandt's pupils of the 1630s, and in particular Govart Flinck.  Rembrandt did, though, have a significant number of other pupils at this stage of his career, most of whose names are no longer known. The subject of Balaam's Ass has a long history in Dutch art, and was most memorably treated by Rembrandt in his early (1626) painting, in the Musée Cognac-Jay, Paris.  The composition of the present drawing is not particularly close to that of Rembrandt's painting, but it shows none the less that an interest in the subject persisted within Rembrandt's studio for some time.  

Balaam was a heathen prophet summoned by the Moabitean King Balak to curse Israel. On his way to Balak the ass that he was riding refused three times to walk, because an angel was blocking the road. Balaam was unable to see the angel, so struck the ass. After the third thrashing, God spoke through the ass, saying: What have I done to you?  On hearing this, Balaam repented.

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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New York