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MASTER OF THE SAMARITAN | A MALE SAINT BOUND FOR MARTYRDOM

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

MASTER OF THE SAMARITAN | A MALE SAINT BOUND FOR MARTYRDOM

MASTER OF THE SAMARITAN | A MALE SAINT BOUND FOR MARTYRDOM

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Lot sold:

52,500

USD

MASTER OF THE SAMARITAN

active in Rome c. 1610-40

A MALE SAINT BOUND FOR MARTYRDOM


oil on canvas

42¾ by 36½ in.; 108.6 by 92.7 cm.

The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. A dramatic image reads storngly beneath clear varnish with no visible losses or repairs. Under UV inspection, retouching is visible along craquelure lines throughout darker areas of shadow, such as the right half of the saint's torso and edge of his face. The man on the left is difficult to read under UV due to unevenly fluorescing varnish. There seems to be no retouching in the lighter flesh tones of the figures. The painting can hang in its present state. Offered in a decoratively painted black and giltwood frame.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

We are grateful to Gianni Papi for suggesting the attribution to the Master of the Samaritan. This anonymous artist is named for a painting previously on the German art market, and has also been called the Master of the Academy of San Fernando for a series of Apostles he painted in Madrid. He was likely Dutch and his works are stylistically close to those of Dirck van Baburen and Dirck de Haen, his fellow Dutch artists in Rome. The master's characteristically violent tenebrism is on display in this cropped composition.