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    Sale 2249

    The Scholars Eye: Property from the Julius Held Collection Part II

    30 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 323

    Martin Johann Schmidt, called Kremser Schmidt (Grafenwörth 1718-1801 Stein)

    The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine

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    Martin Johann Schmidt, called Kremser Schmidt (Grafenwörth 1718-1801 Stein)
    The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine
    pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash heightened with white on light brown prepared paper, with an arched top
    10 x 5¾ in. (254 x 146 mm.); and Circle of Kremser-Schmidt, The Triumph of Fate; and Dutch School, 17th Century, Design for a title page (3)


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    The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine is similar in composition to the artist's 1791 altarpiece of The Martyrdom of Saint Barbara for the Brno Cathedral. There is another drawing and an oil sketch related to the altarpiece (F. Dworschak et al., Der Maler Martin Johann Schmidt, 1718-1801, Vienna, 1955, pl. 133, no. 134).
    The Design for a title page includes a central panel surrounded by roundels and cartouches depicting Biblical scenes. Clockwise from the upper left they are, The Annunciation; Moses with the Ten Commandments confronts Christ; The creation of the Universe; The Adoration of the Shepherds; The Resurrection of Christ; The Descent of the Holy Ghost; The Baptism of Christ; The Assumption; and The Crucifixion. The two panels on the base depict The Last Supper and an unidentified scene.