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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 124

    ATTRIBUTED TO JAN SWART VAN GROENINGEN (GRONINGEN ca. 1500-ca.1560 GOUDA)

    The Raising of Lazarus

    Price Realised  

    ATTRIBUTED TO JAN SWART VAN GROENINGEN (GRONINGEN ca. 1500-ca.1560 GOUDA)
    The Raising of Lazarus
    with inscription 'holbenis'
    pen and brown and black ink, red and grey wash, heightened with white, on light brown paper, circular
    8½ in. (217 mm.) diam.


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    Although little is known of the life of Jan Swart van Groeningen, his numerous drawings suggest the existence of a prolific workshop.
    He was a stained glass designer (Van Mander, Schilder-boeck , 1603-1604, fol. 227v), and the present drawing may relate to one of those designs. Van Mander also noted that Swart traveled to Italy, and that the trip had a great influence on his art. Swart's Italianate figure types with elongated proportions and complex poses are recognizable in the present sheet, whereas the landscape remains in the style of Northern artists such as Jan van Scorel.