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Netherlandish School, late 16th century

Venus, or a young woman en deshabillé

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Netherlandish School, late 16th century

Netherlandish School, late 16th century

Venus, or a young woman en deshabillé

Venus, or a young woman en deshabillé

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

27,720

USD

Netherlandish School, late 16th century

Venus, or a young woman en deshabillé


oil on panel

panel: 24 1/4 by 20 1/8 in.; 61.5 by 51 cm. 

framed: 30 3/4 by 27 in.; 78 by 51 cm. 

The thick panel is stable and has a very slight vertical bow. The panel is uncradled, with one old horizontal batten for support running across its width. Overall, the painted surface presents a strong image and retains good detail. Thin and consistent cracks run parallel to each edge, about 1cm in from the edge. Losses are visible at some of the extreme edges, such as the lower right corner. The painted surface is slightly dirty, and some restorations near the edges are visible to the naked eye. There is a spot of paint loss in the center left background, a small spot in the lower left corner, and some raised spots to the surface on her shoulder at left. Retouching is visible to a thin and stable crack running vertically through her chest, as well as a very thin line in her cheek. Inspection under UV reveals some scattered retouching in the background, some spots and strokes in her chest, fingers and face, with some more concentrated strokes in the shadows to her left cheek and chin. Inspection under UV also reveals a spot in her hair, as well as some broader areas that fluoresce somewhat unevenly in her lower chest and in her chest to the left of her necklace, although this may be uneven varnish. Offered in a modern, carved darkwood frame.


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This composition was popular among artists in northern Europe in the second half of the sixteenth century, and this panel is a particularly strong example.  Notable features in this work include the modelling of the figure's form, the detail of her jewelry as well as the soft highlights that define each pearl, and the delicate bow attached to her necklace at the center of her chest.  An artist that explored this subject regularly was Gortzius Geldorp, but the somewhat sensual nature of the present example also points to characteristics that defined much of the output of the northern Mannerist artists towards the late 16th century.