Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ADRIAEN VAN NIEULANDT
Antwerp 1587 - 1658 Amsterdam
The Battle of Virtue Against the Vices
signed and dated lower right: Adriaen van Nieuland. / Fecit. 1655.
oil on canvas
96.8 x 79.5 cm.; 38⅛ x 31¼ in.
The panel is cradled, flat and stable, and appears to be formed of 3 vertical planks. The 2 joins have slightly split and been restored over time and are visible from the front. The paint surface is relatively dirty, and the varnish is discoloured. There are a few further restored visible splits which start along the upper and lower margins, the most notable of which is in the lower left corner approx 35cm. long. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned restorations, and reveals scattered spot retouching, including in the clouds and Jesus' robe upper left, as well as a few more notable areas such as the lower right corner, and the back of the left-most female figure, but it is difficult to discern much else underneath the fluorescing varnish. In overall fair condition. Offered in a plain wooden frame in very good condition.
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Anonymous sale, Bremen, Bolland & Marotz, 15 April 1989, lot 804, when acquired.
Rotterdam 2008, no. 123.
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Rotterdam 2008, p. 117, cat. no. 123, reproduced in colour;
Raupp 2010, pp. 304–08, cat. no. 50, reproduced in colour.
Nieulandt worked in Amsterdam, where he was for a while the leading history painter, and no record exists of his having travelled abroad. He was heavily influenced by the Pre-Rembrandtist artists, such as Pieter Lastman and Claes Moeyaert. This painting, probably a commissioned work, is typical of his later artistic output, when he focused on populous biblical and mythological subjects. The three Theological Virtues – Faith, Hope and Charity – and the four Cardinal Virtues – Wisdom, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance – are situated behind the heroic figure – an amalgamation of the Christian warrior and Saint Michael – who repels the assault of the Vices below.