Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Beveren-Waes near Antwerp 1599 - 1664 Turin
A GROUP OF MERRY-MAKING PEASANTS DANCING AND PLAYING MUSIC
oil on copper, oval
unframed: 10 x 11.7 cm.; 4 x 4½ in.
framed: 30 x 32 cm.; 11¾ x 12 in.
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The copper plate is flat and stable - the paint surface is clean with a slightly discolored varnish. There are pinprick visible retouches in the sky to tiny old losses. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these aforementioned retouches and reveals further retouchings along a horizontal surface scratch across the dancing man's arm, approx. 1.5 cm. and others scattered along the right edge and in a vertical line in the chest of the man holding the mandolin approx. 1 cm. long.
In overall good condition.
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Private collection, France;
With Galerie Sankt Lucas, Vienna, 1995, from whom acquired in 1996.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 58.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 164-67, cat. no. 39, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 74, cat. no. 58, reproduced in colour.
Early in his career, Jan Miel made his name as one of the Bamboccianti, a group of Northern European artists active in Rome in the 1630s around Pieter van Laer (nick-named Bamboccio), who specialised in works depicting low-life scenes set in the Roman campagna. The present work appears to be a rare example from this youthful period in Miel’s career. By 1641, he was recorded in the studio of Andrea Sacchi and soon began abandoning this earlier style in favour of the more elevated subjects of history painting.