Property from a Private Collection
Nuremberg 1586 - 1642
The Conversion of Saint Paul
signed and dated lower right: Johan: König / 1622
oil on copper
22.7 x 34.5 cm.; 9 x 13⅝ in.
The copper plate is flat and stable. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. There is a small paint loss in the very lower right corner. Small, discoloured retouchings are visible scattered in the sky, particularly in the centre of the upper margin and around the silhouette of the tree, upper right, as well as in the cloud, upper left, and a few tiny spots scattered in the bodies of the horses, and a handful throughout the rest of the composition. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms all of these. The painting is in overall good condition.
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Franz Hasler, St. Gallen;
Anonymous sale, Berlin, Leo Spik, 19 March 1987, lot 463;
With Julius Böhler, Munich;
In the present collection since at least 1993.
R. Baljöhr, in Das Kabinett des Sammlers, E. Mai (ed.), Cologne 1993, pp. 148–49, cat. no. 58, reproduced in colour p. 147.
A coloured pen drawing of this composition by König, probably preparatory to this painting, is in the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan.1 Another drawing by the artist of a fight between a warrior and horses includes a very similar horse to the one from which Saul has fallen here.2
1 Inv. no. 1960/2.73; see R. Munman, in A corpus of drawings in midwestern collections: Sixteenth-century Northern European Drawings, B.L. Dunbar (ed.), London and Turnhout 2012, cat. no. 101, reproduced.
2 Inv. no. 3343, Albertina, Vienna; see Baljöhr 1993, reproduced p. 149, fig. 2.