DANIEL DE BLIECK | CHURCH INTERIOR WITH MARBLE COLUMNS AND TRIPTYCHS
Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 GBP
Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
DANIEL DE BLIECK
active in Middelburg 1648 - 1673
CHURCH INTERIOR WITH MARBLE COLUMNS AND TRIPTYCHS
signed and dated lower right: D.D.B. 1654.
oil on oak panel
unframed: 17.8 x 19.4 cm.; 7 x 7⅝ in.
framed: 33 x 32 cm.; 13 x 12½ in.
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The bevelled panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean and the varnish clear and even. There are no damages visible to the naked eye reveals scattered small, fine retouchings, most notably in the stairs lower centre, and in the vaulting upper centre, but the work appears in overall good condition.
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With Daphne Alazraki, New York, 1998 (when advertised in Apollo, October and December 1998);
From whom acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 8.
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W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 38, cat. no. 8, 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. 46–51, cat. no. 1, reproduced in colour;
B.G. Maillet, Intérieurs d'Églises. La peinture architecturale des Écoles du Nord 1580–1720, Wijnegem 2012, p. 221, cat. no. M-0261, reproduced in colour.
Daniel de Blieck specialised in architectural paintings. This work is distinguished by the beautiful marble columns featured in the foreground, in contrast to many of his other paintings, which depict plain, whitewashed Calvinist church interiors. The fascination for this genre developed with an increased understanding of perspective and the effect of light on architectural geometry. Some works depict known churches, while others, such as this, were a product of the artist’s imagination.
Though little is known of De Blieck’s life, his birth and death are documented in Middelburg, the city second only to Amsterdam as Holland’s most important centre of trade during the 17th century.