Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
JAN SYMONSZ. PYNAS
Alkmaar 1581/2 - 1631 Amsterdam
MARY MAGDALENE KNEELING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
signed and dated lower right: J. Pynas fec 1610.
oil on oak panel
unframed: 81.5 x 59.1 cm.; 32⅛ x 23¼ in.
framed: 97.9 x 75.3 cm.; 38½ x 29⅝ in.
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Property from the SØR Rusche Collection is available to view at Sotheby’s, New Bond Street, 13 – 18 September (weekdays 9am – 4.30pm; weekend 12-5pm).
The oak panel is uncradled, flat, and stable with a vertical join or split running the height of the panel, approximately 15 cm from the right hand margin. The paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is slightly discoloured. In raking light retouching is visible along the aforementioned join. Inspection under UV light confirms this and further reveals a fine line of retouching to a shallow vertical surface split running from the left of the upper margin past the end of the cross (approximately 20 cm long), as well as some small retouchings in the upper left corner along the crossbeam of the crucifix. Very fine pin prick retouchings that follow the wood grain are scattered through Christ's fleshtones and in Mary Magdalene's face and chest. There are very few other scattered spot retouchings. The painting appears ready to hang and is in overall fairly good condition.
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A. Brantjes, Vught, 1960;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 7 May 1996, lot 33, where acquired.
's-Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, van Passie tot Pasen, Lijdenvoorstellingen in de Nederlanden 1450-1900, 13 February - 20 April 2002;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 120.
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W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 115, cat. no. 120, reproduced in colour;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 4, Historien und Allegorien, Münster/Hamburg/London 2010, pp. 350-54, cat. no. 59, reproduced in colour.
When this painting appeared on the market in 1996 it constituted a significant addition to the œuvre of Jan Symonsz. Pynas. The striking composition and subject are very unusual in early Dutch 17th-century painting, though not at all unfamiliar in the art of the Italian High Renaissance.
The figure of the Magdalene here is repeated from Pynas' earliest dated work of 1605 - The Raising of Lazarus, in the Museum of Aschaffenburg.1 In depicting her at the foot of the cross, Pynas was the first of the Pre-Rembrandtists to address this theme, which Pieter Lastman (Rembrandt's teacher), would also take up in 1615.