View 1 of Lot 289. JACOB VAN DER ULFT | THE PHIDIAN STATUE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA, WITH OLYMPIC GAMES TAKING PLACE AT ITS FEET.
View 1 of Lot 289. JACOB VAN DER ULFT | THE PHIDIAN STATUE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA, WITH OLYMPIC GAMES TAKING PLACE AT ITS FEET.
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JACOB VAN DER ULFT | THE PHIDIAN STATUE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA, WITH OLYMPIC GAMES TAKING PLACE AT ITS FEET

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

JACOB VAN DER ULFT | THE PHIDIAN STATUE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA, WITH OLYMPIC GAMES TAKING PLACE AT ITS FEET

JACOB VAN DER ULFT | THE PHIDIAN STATUE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA, WITH OLYMPIC GAMES TAKING PLACE AT ITS FEET

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

10,000

GBP

Property from the SØR Rusche Collection

JACOB VAN DER ULFT

Gorinchem 1627 - 1689 Noordwijk

THE PHIDIAN STATUE OF ZEUS AT OLYMPIA, WITH OLYMPIC GAMES TAKING PLACE AT ITS FEET


signed lower left: J.v Ulft. ft

oil on panel

unframed: 36.5 x 58.2 cm.; 14⅜ x 22⅞ in.

framed: 45.5 x 67.5 cm.; 18 x 29½ in.


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Salzburg, Museumpavillon im Mirabellgarten, 12 July – 12 September 1972; Münster, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, 26 September 1972 – 14 January 1973, Niederländische Kunst aus dem Goldenen Jahrhundert, unnumbered;

Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Hollandse en Vlaamse Kunst uit de 17e eeuw, 16 February – 1 April 1973, unnumbered;

Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 28.


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Jacob van der Ulft is known principally for his architectural and topographical views. As a work of fantasy, the present work is somewhat of an anomaly within his painted œuvre. The colossal statue of Zeus is seated in the centre of the temple; to the right is a statue of Hercules, one of Zeus' sons, standing with his club and a lion skin. Spectators watching the Olympic Games wrestling and equestrian competitions; and in the foreground a kneeling athlete is awarded a laurel wreath.


The main elements of the composition follow the engraving of 1572 by Philips Galle, after a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck - part of a series depicting the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. The artist Willem van Nieulandt the Younger also depicted the scene, and appears to have inspired the bright palette of Van der Ulft’s painting. Such a subject reflects the learned Early Modern fascination with the Ancient World.