Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
JAN ANTHONISZ. VAN RAVESTEYN
The Hague circa 1572 - 1657
PORTRAIT OF A SEATED MINISTER, AGED 76, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH
signed centre right, on the arm of the chair: JR 1635
and inscribed upper right: Ӕtatis . suae . 76 .
oil on canvas
unframed: 142.3 x 118.3 cm.; 56 x 46½ in
framed: 165.5 x 142 cm.; 65⅛ x 55⅞ in.
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The canvas is lined. Several old damages are visible from the reverse, but not from the front to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these restorations. Most notable are the restored damage to the right of the gentleman's collar, and an area of restoration to the hat laying on the tale to the right of his hand. There are other scattered, localised areas of restoration throughout, and the varnishes fluoresces thickly and appears to have been unevenly applied. There is almost no intervention in the head of the sitter, his ruff, hands and embroidered garment, and the painting is ready to hang and in fair overall condition.
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Anonymous sale, Paris, Tajan, 10 April 1992, lot 13, when acquired.
Liesborn, Museum Abtei Liesborn, on loan;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 92.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. I, Portraits, Münster/Hamburg/London 1995, p. 118, cat. no. 45, reproduced p. 119;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 97, cat. no. 92, reproduced in colour.
This sitter's identity is unknown but his standing as a minister is indicated by the word Predicant (meaning 'minister', or 'preacher' in Dutch) visible on the letter that he holds.
Jan van Ravesteyn was born and worked in The Hague. The Hague was the seat of the Stadholder's (the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of the Netherlands) court, and Ravesteyn painted a series of portraits of high-ranking military officers in his service. He also painted group portraits of militia companies in The Hague, and in 1612 painted the portrait of Prince Frederick Henry of Orange Nassau (1584–1647). It is thought probable that Ravesteyn was a pupil of Michiel van Mierevelt, by whom his portraits were much influenced.