306
306
German School, circa 1600
DIANA AND HER ATTENDANTS BATHING, SURPRISED BY ACTAEON
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
306
German School, circa 1600
DIANA AND HER ATTENDANTS BATHING, SURPRISED BY ACTAEON
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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German School, circa 1600
DIANA AND HER ATTENDANTS BATHING, SURPRISED BY ACTAEON
Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white, over traces of black chalk, on blue paper, the sheet extended to the left edge, within partial brown ink framing lines;
bears old attribution in brown ink, lower centre: Federico Barozzo and an illegible black chalk attribution, lower right;
bears old inscription in brown ink, verso: quando era de 16 Ani and numbering in purple crayon: 25
270 by 455 mm
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Provenance

Giuseppe Vallardi, Milan (L.1223, his red chalk numbering on the verso: K238)

Catalogue Note

The subject of this drawing is taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and illustrates the moment when Actaeon, a famed huntsman, unwittingly happens upon the scene of Diana and her attendants bathing in the pools of Gargaphia. For this egregious act, Actaeon is turned into a stag by Diana, before subsequently being devoured by his own hounds, who fail to recognise their master as he flees the scene.

Though the attribution of this accomplished and well preserved sheet currently remains unresolved, it appears close, both in style and subject matter, to the work of the German born artist, Hans Rottenhammer, who is known to have treated this popular subject on a number of occasions, perhaps most successfully in collaboration with Jan Brueghel the Elder, a painting that is today in the collection of the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart.1

1. see Hans Rottenhammer, begehrt - vergessen - neu entdeckt, exhib. cat., Schloss Brake, Weserrenaissance-Museum, and Prague, Nationalgalerie, 2008-9, pp. 130-133, no. 36, fig. 36, reproduced

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