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PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR

Johannes Voorhout
A YOUNG SCHOLAR READING BY A LAMPLIGHT IN A STUDY WITH AN ECORCHÉ MODEL AND A PLASTER HEAD OF A PUTTO ON A TABLE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR

Johannes Voorhout
A YOUNG SCHOLAR READING BY A LAMPLIGHT IN A STUDY WITH AN ECORCHÉ MODEL AND A PLASTER HEAD OF A PUTTO ON A TABLE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Johannes Voorhout
UITHOORN 1647 - 1717 AMSTERDAM
A YOUNG SCHOLAR READING BY A LAMPLIGHT IN A STUDY WITH AN ECORCHÉ MODEL AND A PLASTER HEAD OF A PUTTO ON A TABLE
indistinctly signed to the right of the globe and indistinctly inscribed on the letter
oil on canvas
26 3/4  by 23 1/8  in.; 67.9 by 58.7 cm.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, April 10, 1987, lot 45 A (as Job Berckheyde);
Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 4 March 1997, lot 113 (as Job Berckheyde);
There purchased by the a private collector;
By whom anonymously sold, New York, Sotheby’s, 27 May 2004, lot 22 (as Job Berkheyde);
There acquired.

Catalogue Note

This painting compares closely, in both size and composition, to another interior scene by Johannes Voorhout depicting a seated woman and her maid.1  Both works include a globe and shelves of books in the background, a draped red cloth, and a table covered with various objects. The most prominent object is the anatomical sculpture at left, which relates to Willem van Tetrode's Écorché (fig. 1), with its backward lean, upraised arm and dynamic pose.  Although originally cast around 1562-1567, this sinuous model was popular tool for study among seventeenth century Netherlandish artists, likely in the form of a plaster cast, for it is found also in works by Peter Paul Rubens, Cornelis Saftleven and Michiel van Musscher.


1. Oil on canvas, 76 by 61 cm, signed lower right.  Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), inv. no. NK1973.

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