• Old Masters and 19th Century A auction at Christies

    Sale 7842

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    30 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 8

    Attributed to Jacob Isaaczs. van Swanenburg (Leiden 1571-1638 Utrecht)

    The Harrowing of Hell

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Jacob Isaaczs. van Swanenburg (Leiden 1571-1638 Utrecht)
    The Harrowing of Hell
    oil on copper
    12 5/8 x 17¾ in. (32.2 x 45.1 cm.)


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    We are grateful to drs. Luuk Pijl for proposing an attribution to Jacob Isaacsz. van Swanenburg, Rembrandt's first teacher in Leiden. It is of interest that this depiction of Christ rescuing the souls of the righteous from Limbo (at lower left) abounds in references to the Four Elements and to alchemical transmutation.

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    Provenance

    Bartolomé March Servera (1917-1998), financier and philanthropist, at the Palau March, Mallorca, and by descent to
    Manolo March, Son Galcerán, Mallorca.