CIRCLE OF VALENTIN DE BOULOGNE
THE CROWNING OF THORNS
oil on canvas, unlined
canvas: 52¼ by 39 in.; 132.7 by 99.1 cm.
framed: 62 by 50 in.; 157.5 by 127 cm.
The canvas is lined. Craquelure is visible throughout and unstable in the bottom quadrants and along the edges. Repairs that are visible are scattered here and there, like in the proper right shoulder and eye of Christ. Stretcher bar marks are visible along the edges, as well as horizontal lines (at least two) that run from the extreme edges, possibly caused by an old fold. These have been retouched and all fluoresce under UV along with the aforementioned repairs. Painting could benefit from some attention and the active flaking should be stabilized. Painting is offered framed.
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Anonymous sale, Rome, Galleria d'Arte L'Antonina, 10 December 1962, lot 83 (as Attributed to Jusepe de Ribera);
There acquired by William Finsten, Toronto;
Thence by descent to his daughter, Santa Barbara, since 1999.
This powerfully composed painting is reminiscent of Valentin de Boulogne's earlier works. Although various attributions have been proposed, scholars have not been able to reach a consensus.
Professor Alfred Moir endorsed an attribution to the circle of Valentin de Boulogne in a letter dated 27 February 1980. He knew the painting from images and believed it was executed circa 1620.