CORNELIS SCHUT | ABDUCTION OF EUROPA
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
Antwerp 1597 - 1655
ABDUCTION OF EUROPA
oil on canvas
64 by 106 in.; 162.6 by 269.2 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is lined with a non-wax adhesive. The heavy paint and gesso layers have developed cracking that is slightly raised, but the work is stable.
In the figure of Europa, retouches are visible under ultraviolet light in a fairly consistent area in her right shin, and there is a slightly broader restoration in her right breast. There is a restored loss of about 2 inches square in her right shoulder, which extends into hair to the left of the pearl earring. There is a restoration in her left forearm, which seems to extend to the right into the sky, dark landscape and head of the bull; the retouches in this area are only faintly visible under ultraviolet light.
A few cracks have been retouched in the bull. There are very few restorations in the red drapery, and slightly more in the white drapery around the hips of Europa. There are only a few retouches in the sky in the center and left side of the work, and the water and dark landscape including the figures in the lower left are in very good condition.
There are two scratches in the water directly above the bull's tail, one in front of the eye of the dark-haired woman in the lower left, and another beneath her outstretched arm. A few corrections to the varnish layer would make the work ready to hang.
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Dr. Fidelio de Freitas Branco, Lisbon;
By inheritance to his son, Luiz de Freitas Branco, Director of Teatro de São Carlos, Lisbon;
Thence by descent in the family;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 3 July 1991, lot 84;
With Alex Wengraf, Ltd., London;
From whom acquired, 1992.
G. Wilmers, Cornelius Schut: A Flemish Painter of the High Baroque, Antwerp 1996, pp. 73-74, no. A11, reproduced p. 350 and in color on front cover;
H. Vlieghe, Flemish Art and Architecture, 1585 - 1750, New Haven 1998, p. 89, reproduced in color, fig. 115.
Rombout Eynhouts, signed: C. Schut inv. R. Eynhouts fecit. in Hollstein vol. VI, no. 20 (in reverse).