Property from a UK Private Collection
SOUTH NETHERLANDISH SCHOOL, MID 16TH CENTURY
Landscape with the Flight into Egypt
oil on oak panel
18.9 x 44.4 cm.; 7½ x 17½ in.
The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish discoloured. Visible, small spots of discoloured retouching are scattered throughout. A tiny loss with associated retouching is visible in the gate centre right, and a further tiny loss is visible just above and to the right of this. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick, old varnish underneath which two campaigns of retouching are visible. The first consists of an extensive campaign of fine lines throughout the sky, which follow the wood grain. The second, more recent campaign consist of the small discoloured spots mentioned above, which are visible to the naked eye. In overall fair condition. Offered in a plain, painted wooden frame with velvet fillets.
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With Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, 1950s;
With Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, by whom sold (as Attributed to Herri Met de Bles) to
Boyd Alexander (b. 1913);
Thence by inheritance.