Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
SIMON DE VOS
Antwerp 1603 - 1676
THE MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS
signed and dated lower centre: S.De. Vos in et F 1647
oil on copper
unframed: 57 x 73.9 cm.; 22½ x 29 in.
framed: 71.2 x 88.1 cm.; 28¼ x 34¾ in.
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The copper plate is slightly convex and it is supported by a stretcher. The paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is slightly discoloured. Inspection under UV light reveals pin prick retouchings throughout, for example along the upper and left margins. There is retouching to two vertical scratches at the upper centre, each measuring 3 cm long. There is also retouching to a horizontal superficial scratch in the upper left corner measuring approximately 7 cm, and a more concentrated area of retouching in the red cloak of the woman in the lower right measuring 1 x 5 cm. The painting is in overall fair condition.
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Anonymous sale, Antwerp, Bernaerts, 21 October 1996, lot 110;
With Rafael Valls, London, 1997-2001, from whom acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Jezus in de Gouden Eeuw, 9 September 2000 – 7 January 2001, unnumbered;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 105;
Remagen, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Leibhaftig: der menschliche Körper zwischen Lust und Schmerz, 25 May 2014 - 25 January 2015.
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A. Blankert et al, Jezus in de Gouden Eeuw, exh. cat., Zwolle and Rotterdam 2000, p. 69, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 104, cat. no. 105, 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. 452-56, cat. no. 78, reproduced in colour.
Simon de Vos studied with Cornelis de Vos (1584-1651), to whom he was not related, in Antwerp from 1615 until 1620, and spent some time in the studio of Rubens. He specialised in courtly genre scenes reminiscent of his Dutch contemporaries Dirk Hals (1591-1656) and Pieter Codde (1599-1678) until about 1640, after which time he turned his attention towards historical and religious themes.
The present work, dated 1647 and depicting the Massacre of the Innocents, is a typical example of this period. Another treatment of this subject by Simon de Vos was sold at Sotheby's London on 17 April 1996, lot 72.1
1 Sold as one of a pair, oil on copper, 54 by 70 cm.