View full screen - View 1 of Lot 509. Hell scene.
509

Dutch School, 17th Century

Hell scene

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 90,000 USD

Dutch School, 17th Century

Dutch School, 17th Century

Hell scene

Hell scene

Estimate:

70,000

to
- 90,000 USD

Lot sold:

63,000

USD

Dutch School, 17th century

Hell scene


oil on canvas

canvas: 31 1/2 by 46 3/4 in.; 80 by 118.8 cm. 

framed: 39 by 54 in.; 99.1 by 137.2 cm. 

This dramatic painting is cleaned, restored and ready to hang as is. The painting has a wax relining. Under UV: the painting has scattered touches of non-localized restorations, some restoration in the flesh tones of the two figures at far right, in the chest of the man middle right whose head is being bitten by a dragon and in the shoulder of one of the figures lower left. Other very minor touches in other figures and some restorations in the background. None of these are terribly disturbing and are as expected of painting of this size. The paint layer is well preserved as is all of the detail throughout the composition, which is important in this composition. It is a striking and stunning image. Offered in a modern black ebonized wood molding frame, in Dutch 17th Century style. 


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Private collection, Belgium;
From whom acquired by the present owner. 
This fascinating and intensely composed Hell Scene is a large scale and indeed, cinematic, approach to a subject which was popular in the Low Countries throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Though a firm attribution has not yet been established, the handling and overall design recall the work of the rare Domenicus van Wijnen, called Ascanius. Van Wijnen was a member of the Bentvueghels, also known as the Schildersbent, a society of Netherlandish artists in Rome. Of the dozen or so known paintings ascribed to Wijnen, an unusual proportion depict scenes of the supernatural and of witchcraft, often by moonlight; such themes were popularized by the works of Salvator Rosa, whose engravings were widely admired during the second half of the 17th century.