DUTCH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY | HELL SCENE
8,000 - 12,000 USD
DUTCH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
oil on panel
7¾ by 10¾ in.; 19.7 by 27.3 cm.
The painting is executed on a single piece of wood which is flat, stable, uncradled, and beveled. UV light shows a dirty varnish but no apparent retouches are necessary. Though there may be more retouches underneath the varnish, the painting is otherwise untouched with only a couple of very small pinprick touches at the lower left. Some thinness is apparent in the left side of the sky. This may and should be hung in its current condition. In a carved ebonized frame.
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Dutch artists such as Jacob Isaacsz. van Swanenburg (1571 - 1638) and Rombout van Troyen (c. 1605 - 1655) depicted such hell scenes with a similar approach to scale, composition, and the human body as seen in the present lot.