Sold Without Reserve | GERMAN SCHOOL, FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY | JUPITER AND IO
Sold Without Reserve
GERMAN SCHOOL, FIRST HALF OF THE 19TH CENTURY
JUPITER AND IO
oil on canvas
canvas: 17½ by 12⅞ in.; 41.5 by 32.5 cm.
framed: 22 by 18½ in.; 55.9 by 47 cm.
The canvas appears to be thinly lined and is stable on its stretcher. Stretcher bar marks are faintly visible at all edges, and a pattern of craquelure visible throughout. The painting reads well, and there are no visible losses or instabilities to the paint layer. Some thinness to the surface in the lower right corner. Inspection under UV reveals a thick and uneven varnish that fluoresces unevenly. Some strengthening to the background, particularly in the darks along the left edge, is apparent. One spot of repair in the background to the left of the figure's bosom, some strokes near her arm at the right edge, and a few spots and strokes in the clouds and in the red fabric in the lower center. There may be scattered old spots of retouching in her fleshtones, and some strengthening to the shadows around her leg and in her hair. Offered in a wood frame painted red and black with a decoratively carved gilt liner.
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The composition of this canvas has its roots in a painting of Jupiter and Io by Matthäus Gundelach (fig. 1), an Imperial Kammermaler of Rudolf II and close associate of Joseph Heintz the Elder.1 That work by Gundelach, which was likely completed in Prague and dates to about 1610-1614, in turn drew clear inspiration from Correggio's painting of the same subject, which entered the Imperial Collection of Rudolf II in the first decade of the seventeenth century. By the early 19th century, Gundelach's painting had entered a prominent Prussian collected, where it descended for generations.
1. Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 7 December 2017, lot 139. Oil on panel, 61 by 39.8 cm.