The Flight of Cloelia
Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter
Cornelis van Poelenburgh

The Flight of Cloelia

22 January 2021 • New York

The Flight of Cloelia
The Flight of Cloelia
The Flight of Cloelia
The Flight of Cloelia
The Flight of Cloelia
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Cornelis van Poelenburgh

The Flight of Cloelia

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 USD

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Cornelis van Poelenburgh

Cornelis van Poelenburgh

The Flight of Cloelia

The Flight of Cloelia

Estimate:

5,000 - 7,000 USD

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

12 days, 14 hours

12 days, 14 hours

January 30, 04:00 PM (GMT)

January 30, 04:00 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Cornelis van Poelenburgh

Utrecht 1594/95 - 1667

The Flight of Cloelia


signed and dated lower left: CP / 1623

oil on panel

panel: 15 1/4 by 20 1/2 in.; 38.7 by 52 cm.

framed: 20 by 25 in.; 50.8 by 63.5 cm.

Condition report

The painting is on a single wood panel which has not been cradled. It is slightly bowed at the top and bottom but remains stable. The paint layer has suffered and abrasions, particularly in the midsection of the panel, have thinned parts of the sky and some of the darks in the foreground. Most of the figures remain in good condition, though there are scattered losses throughout, particularly in the shadowed areas. The varnish has thinned so overall the surface has a dry quality. Under ultraviolet light there seems to be some retouching to strengthen the paint layer in the darker areas of the water and some along the shore beneath the cityscape on the right side. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.


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Provenance

Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 12 June 1981, lot 180;
There acquired.

Catalogue note

The subject of this panel is The Flight of Cloelia, an episode from ancient Roman history that found renewed popularity during the 16th and 17th centuries. In circa 508 BC, Cloelia was taken hostage by the Etruscan king Lars Porsena in exchange for his agreement to relinquish his siege on Rome, thus ending the war between the Etruscans and the Romans. Soon after her capture, Cloelia fled Porsena’s camp, crossing the Tiber on horseback and encouraging other female captives to swim after her. Upon learning of their escape, Porsena demanded the return of Cloelia and her companions. After the Romans accommodated this demand, Porsena’s anger subsided, and it was replaced instead by his admiration for Cloelia’s courage and bravery. In return, he released Cloelia and her companions, presenting them with horses upon which they rode back to Rome. The present panel shows Cloelia on horseback in the River, encouraging her companions to join her in escaping Porsena across the Tiber, where the Castel Sant'Angelo and Saint Peter's are shown in the background.