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    Sale 2237

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

    27 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 2

    Nicolaas Liemakere, called Nicolaas Roose (Ghent 1600/01-1646)

    The Ship of the Argonauts

    Price Realised  

    Nicolaas Liemakere, called Nicolaas Roose (Ghent 1600/01-1646)
    The Ship of the Argonauts
    with inscription 'Caligari' and numbered '4009'
    black chalk, brown wash heightened with white on light brown prepared paper, partly incised
    14½ x 10 5/8 in. (369 x 272 mm.)


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    The drawing and the print are after a painting which decorated the Arch of Ferdinand made for the triumphal entry of the new governor of Ghent, Cardinal Infante Ferdinand in 1635. The governor came from Spain, and the classical subject of the Ship of the Argonauts alludes to the governor's sea voyage. The painting is in the Bijloke Museum, Ghent.

    Liemakere executed a dozen paintings for Cardinal Infante Ferdinand's entry into Ghent.

    Two other drawings related to paintings made for the triumphal entry are extant. The first, Ferdinand crossing the Alps is at the Albertina, Vienna and the second, The Prayer of Belgica, after a now-lost painting by Gerard Seghers is at the National Gallery of Art, Scotland.

    Provenance

    Count Moriz von Fries (L. 2903).
    J. Scholz (L. 2933b).


    Exhibited

    Williamstown, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and elsewhere, Master Drawings from the Collection of Ingrid and Julius S. Held, 1977.