Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
OTTOMAR ELLIGER THE YOUNGER | Apelles before Alexander the Great and Campaspe
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
OTTOMAR ELLIGER THE YOUNGER
Hamburg 1666 - 1732 Amsterdam
APELLES BEFORE ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND CAMPASPE
signed lower left on the pedestal: O. Elliger fecit.
oil on canvas
unframed: 64.4 x 78.5 cm.; 25⅜ x 30⅞ in.
framed: 73.7 x 87.9 cm.; 29 x 34⅝ in.
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The canvas is lined. The paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is shiny and slightly discoloured. Inspection under UV light reveals relatively little intervention. Fine lines of retouching disguises slight craquelure concentrated in the principal figures. There is a more concentrated area of retouching to the right of Campapse, as well as strengthening to the torso of the statue at centre right, in the dark of the arch upper centre, and in the base in the lower left. There are other scattered small retouchings in the foreground, and particularly along the left and right margins. The painting is in seemingly overall good condition, if a little pressed.
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Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Gentleman'), London, Sotheby's, 29 October 1998, lot 102, where acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 29.
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Possibly A. Pigler, Barockthemen. Eine Auswahl von Verzeichnissen zur Ikonographie des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, Budapest 1974, vol. II, p. 367;
C. Roll, Ottmar Elliger d.J. (1666-1732): Leben und Werk, doctoral diss., Augsburg 2002, cat. no. G.26;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 51, cat. no. 29, 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. 130–35, cat. no. 19, reproduced in colour.
The German-born Ottomar Elliger the Younger established himself as a history painter. He received his early training from his father, a realist still-life painter, as well as Michiel van Musscher, although it was the idealistic style discovered later in the studio of Gerard de Lairesse that had a profound impact on his artistic output, notable for its dramatic lighting and strong colouring. Apelles was commissioned to paint Alexander the Great's mistress, Campaspe (in the centre of this composition) and fell in love with her while doing so. In appreciation of the painter's work Alexander offered him Campaspe's hand, as well as a medal.