JOHANN SPILBERG THE YOUNGER | Portrait of a lady, half-length, in imaginary costume
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
JOHANN SPILBERG THE YOUNGER
Düsseldorf 1619 - 1690
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF-LENGTH, IN IMAGINARY COSTUME
oil on canvas
unframed: 78 x 64.2 cm.; 30 6/8 x 25¼ in.
framed: 84.8 x 72.5 cm.; 33¼ x 28½ in.
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The canvas is lined. The paint surface is quite dirt and the varnish is discoloured. The network of craquelure has become quite pronounced in the figures flesh tones and the canvas shows evidence of slight wear. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick streaky varnish underneath which some spot retouching is visible in her face, most notably around her lips, and in her chest, but it is difficult to discern much else. In overall fine condition.
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With Knoedler, New York (as G. Flinck);
Private collection, Switzerland;
With S. Nystad, The Hague, by 1983;
With Xaver Scheidwimmer, Munich, by 1984 (when advertised in Die Weltkunst, 15 November 1984, p. 3354), from whom acquired in 1987.
W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, Landau 1983, vol. II, pp. 1006-07, reproduced in colour p. 1014;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. I, Portraits, Münster/Hamburg/London 1995, pp. 136-37, cat. no. 52, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 95, cat. no. 89, reproduced in colour.
Liesborn, Museum Abtei Liesborn, on loan;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 89.
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Spilberg was a pupil of Govert Flinck and court painter in Düsseldorf to Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine. This painting was considered by J.G. van Gelder to be an early work by Johann Spilberg the Younger, an opinion published in Werner Sumowski's volume of 1983 (see Literature), where it is compared with Spilberg's signed and dated depiction of Jael, dated 1644, in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.1