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    Sale 3063

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art - (including Dutch Impressionism)

    24 - 25 May 2016, Amsterdam

  • Lot 54

    Circle of Hendrick Aerts (Mechelen 1565/74-1603 Danzig)

    The interior of a Gothic church

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    Circle of Hendrick Aerts (Mechelen 1565/74-1603 Danzig)
    The interior of a Gothic church
    oil on canvas
    98 x 128.4 cm.


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    In the first decade of the 17th century, Jan van Londerseel (1570/75-1624/25) made a print after a lost composition by Aerts from circa 1600, with an inscription identifying the depicted interior as the Archbasilica of Saint John Lataran in Rome. The composition enjoyed great popularity in the 17th century; more than twenty copies by artists from different generations are known. While many versions depict several figures and the praying pope from Londerseel's print, the present interior has been left almost completely empty.

    Provenance

    In the collection of the late father of the present owner since at least 1935.


    Literature

    L. Schreiner, 'Die Phantasiekirche. Ein Gemälde von Hendrick Aerts', in: Weltkunst, VII, April 1980, p. 875, no. 20, fig. 20, as After Hendrick Aerts.


    Exhibited

    Utrecht, Centraal Museum, Nederlandse Architectuurschilders 1600-1900, 28 June - 28 September 1953, no. 2, fig. 3, as Attributed to Hendrick Aerts.