AERT JANSZ. MARIENHOF | Rocky landscape with hunters wearing oriental costume, conversing on a rocky path
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
AERT JANSZ. MARIENHOF
Utrecht circa 1626 - after 1652 Brussels
ROCKY LANDSCAPE WITH HUNTERS WEARING ORIENTAL COSTUME, CONVERSING ON A ROCKY PATH
signed and dated lower centre: marienhof f. / 1652
oil on oak panel
unframed: 33.5 x 50.4 cm.; 13⅛ x 19¾ in.
framed: 47.3 x 64.5 cm.; 18⅝ x 25⅜ in.
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The panel is cradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. There appears to be an old split running horizontally through the panel, 3 in. from the upper margin, but there are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some scattered retouchings throughout, the most significant of which are in the rocky crop, centre left; in the sky; and in the lower right corner. Other retouchings appear to be purely cosmetic. In overall good condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 13 December 1991, lot 201, where acquired.
W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, Landau 1983, vol. VI, p. 3733 under no. 2385a, reproduced in colour;
Robert-Koepke-Haus, Wege durch das land inventar der landschaft. Niederländische Landschaftsschilderungen von 16. bid 18. Jahrhundert, exh. cat., Schwalenburg 2000, cat. no. 2;
P. Huys Janssen et al, Panorama op de wereld: het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, exh. cat., 's-Hertogenbosch 2001, cat. no. 97, reproduced in colour p. 191;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, pp. 144-47, cat. no. 33, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 100, cat. no. 97, reproduced in colour;
N. Büttner, '"Cacatum non est pictum." Uberlegungen zu einem übersehenen Thema der frühneuzeitlichen Kunst', in Niederdeutsche Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte, N.F. II, 2016, p. 158, reproduced in colour fig. 13.
Schieder-Schwalenberg, Robert-Koepke-Haus, Wege durch das land inventar der landschaft. Niederländische Landschaftsschilderungen von 16. bid 18. Jahrhundert, 24 June - 6 August 2000, no. 2;
's-Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, Panorama op de wereld: het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, 17 March - 10 June 2001, no. 97;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 97.
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Marienhof is known as a history painter, and landscapes such as this are extremely rare. Most of his pictures were painted in Utrecht before 1650, by which year, according to Houbraken, he had moved to Brussels. The present picture, one of his latest works, shows the influence of Brussels School landscapists such as Lodewijk de Vadder and Jacques d'Arthois.