Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ROMBOUT VAN TROYEN
Amsterdam circa 1605 - 1655
THE RESURRECTION OF LAZARUS
signed and dated: RTroijen. fec 1647 25[...] (RT in ligature)
oil on oak panel
unframed: 51.6 x 66 cm.; 20¼ x 25⅞ in.
framed: 74 x 88 cm.; 29¼ x 34¾ in.
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The panel is uncradled flat and stable with a horizontal repaired split running the width of the panel through the centre. The paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals a horizontal line of retouching along the aforementioned split and other more minor retouchings scattered throughout, largely in the darker areas of the composition.
In overall good condition.
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Anonymous sale, Cologne, Carola van Ham, 20 March 1996, lot 1347, when acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Jezus in de Gouden Eeuw, 9 September 2000 – 7 January 2001, unnumbered;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 104.
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A. Blankert et al., Jezus in de Gouden Eeuw, exh. cat., Zwolle and Rotterdam 2000, p. 101, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 104, cat. no. 104, 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. 412–16, cat. no. 70, reproduced in colour.
This subject clearly appealed to Van Troyen, the tomb of Lazarus set as it is in a series of caves, lending the artist the opportunity to characteristically depict the play of light and dark over the fantastical rocky, earthy surfaces and the undergrowth.
Another treatment of the scene, also signed and dated 1647, is in the Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Schwerin. Another, signed and dated 1650, was exhibited at the Severine Gallery, New York, October – November 1969.