Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ELIAS VAN NIJMEGEN
Nijmegen 1667 - 1755 Rotterdam
AN ALLEGORY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
oil on canvas
unframed: 93.7 x 143.8 cm.; 36⅞ x 56⅝ in.
framed: 117 x 162 cm.; 46 x 63¾ in.
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The canvas is lined. The paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye but small discoloured retouchings are visible in the whites of the Virgin's robes and scattered in the background. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these an reveals further retouchings in the flesh tones of the putti and figure on the right, in the book and leg of the child on the left. The painting is in good overall condition.
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By whom sold, London, Robinson & Fisher, 6 December 1928, lot 125;
With Kunstzaal Oudt Holland, A.J. Boer, The Hague, 1942;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Christie’s, 10 November 1997, lot 154, when acquired.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 4, Historien und Allegorien, Münster/Hamburg/London 2010, pp. 310–16, cat. no. 51, reproduced in colour.
Elias van Nijmegen was born in Nijmegen, and in 1689 he settled in Rotterdam, where he ran a successful studio for painted wall and ceiling decorations. The present work is a complex allegory of Christianity, derived from Ripa's Iconologia of 1599, translated into Dutch by Dirk Pietersz. Pers in 1644. A coloured drawing in pen and ink, part of the Estate of the Van Nijmegen family in the Rijksmuseum, shows the artist's first depiction of the subject.
1 Inv. no. RP-T-1968-132; https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/RP-T-1968-114