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    Sale 2788

    Old Master Pictures

    6 May 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 130

    Circle of Jacob de Backer (Antwerp c. 1540/5- c. 1595)

    The Fall of Man

    Price Realised  

    Circle of Jacob de Backer (Antwerp c. 1540/5- c. 1595)
    The Fall of Man
    inscribed 'ILLUSUS BLANDO DIRI SERMONE COLVBRIS HVMANU PRMVS PERDIS ADAME GENVS.' (lower edge)
    oil on panel
    106.8 x 73.8 cm.


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    The composition is partly based on an engraving by Agostino Carracci (see D. DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and related drawings by the Carracci family: A Catalogue Raisonné, Washington, 1979, pp. 110-1, no. 25).
    However, the appearance of the skeleton comes from the Northern iconographic tradition, and can be found in prints by artists such as Hans Sebald Beham.

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    Provenance

    Baron von Silivini, until circa 1948, as Cornelis van Haarlem.