Master Paintings Part II

Master Paintings Part II

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Dutch School, 17th Century

Hell scene

Lot Closed

January 30, 03:09 PM GMT


70,000 - 90,000 USD

Lot Details


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. 

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.