Lot 3
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JOHANN ZICK | The Sacrifice at Lystra

6,000 - 8,000 USD
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  • The Sacrifice at Lystra
  • canvas: 27 3/8 by 35 5/8 in.; 69.5 by 90.5 cm.
  • framed: 34 by 42 in.; 86.4 by 106.7 cm.
oil on canvas; signed and dated lower center: 'Jo. Zick inv et/pinx: 1753'


Freiherr von K├╝hlmann-Stumm, Schloss Ramholz, acquired in the 1930s;
Thence by descent until anonymously sold ("Property from the Collection of a Nobleman"), London, Sotheby's, 9 July 1998, lot 331 (as Januarius Zick with lot 4 as a pendant);
There acquired by the present collector.


Canvas is wax lined and the paint has thinned as a result. Though an elaborate scene presents well, some details in the shadows have sunken. Some strengthening is visible to the naked eye, most noticeably in the shadows, such as a line that runs for about 5in. at the extreme center right, and a smaller spot of about an inch on the roof at left of the vase with a plant. Inspection under UV reveals some possible spots of repair on the foreground, such as two spots at left of the lamb in bottom center. An area of retouching is on the center of the architectural structure that holds the fire, meanwhile other smaller spots are scattered here and there. Offered in a black and gold painted, and elaborately carved wooden frame.
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Catalogue Note

Johann Zick, a Baroque German painter, was the father of Januarius Zick (1730-1797), an important master of the Late Baroque. This painting is of very high quality, given that in 1753 he was producing among his finest works, possibly even in competition with those of his son. Therefore it comes as no surprise that this painting was thought to be by his son when originally offered at auction.1 The present lot depicts Act 14:8 from the life of Paul. This scene takes place after Paul miraculously cures a cripple, and the people of Lystra want to make a sacrifice to him and his companions. In disgust, Paul tears his garments, as represented with the dramatic central figure depicted in an overtly emotional manner as was typical for Baroque artists.

We are grateful to Dr. Josef Strasser for endorsing the attribution on the basis of images.

1. See Provenance.