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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Johann König
MINERVA VISITING THE MUSES ON MOUNT HELICON
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Johann König
MINERVA VISITING THE MUSES ON MOUNT HELICON
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Johann König
NUREMBERG 1586 - 1642
MINERVA VISITING THE MUSES ON MOUNT HELICON
indistinctly signed and dated lower left: …N… / 1620 [?]
oil on hardwood panel (probably limewood)
19.2 x 28.5 cm.; 7 7/8  x 11 1/4  in.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, Cologne, Lempertz, 26 November 1970, lot 97, where probably acquired by the parents of the present owner;
Thence by inheritance.

Literature

R. Baljöhr, in E. Mai (ed.), Das Kabinett des Sammlers, Gemälde vom XV. bis XVIII Jahrhundert, Cologne 1993, pp. 149–50, under cat. no. 59.

Catalogue Note

The scene depicted is the visit of Minerva to the Muses on Mount Helicon, mentioned by Ovid in his Fifth Book of the Metamorphoses (Met. V. 250–268). This was a sacred place for the Muses as it was the source of the two springs called Aganippe and Hippocrene, which are visible here in the background.

At least two further versions of this composition by König are recorded, all with small variations and unlike the present panel, on copper; one (20 x 29.5 cm.) in the Hessische Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, recorded as being signed and dated 1619;1 the second (19.5 x 28.6 cm.), formerly in the collection of Dr. Hinrich Bischoff, signed and dated 1624, was sold London, Sotheby's, 6 December 2006, lot 3. All three date from König's time in Augsburg. There is perhaps also a larger, lost version, evidence of which appears in an anonymous painting of circa 1645 of a gallery interior, the so-called Bronckorster Galeriebild, in the collection of the Fürsten zu Salm at Schloss Anholt.2

1 See G. Bott, Die Gemäldegalerie des Hessischen Landesmuseums in Darmstadt, Hanau 1968, p. 43, cat. no. 65, reproduced pl. 65.
2 See A.W. Vliegenthart, Bildersammlung der Fürsten zu Salm, Rhede 1981, p. 46, reproduced.

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