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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 40

    Dirck Stoop (Utrecht, c. 1618-c. 1686)

    A capriccio of Roman ruins with travellers and their horses at rest

    Price Realised  

    Dirck Stoop (Utrecht, c. 1618-c. 1686)
    A capriccio of Roman ruins with travellers and their horses at rest
    signed 'Ro Stoop f 1667' (lower left) and inscribed 'DOM.S. AETERNAE AL MEMORIAE IN .....' (on the stone plinth, lower left)
    oil on panel
    29 1/8 x 22 5/8 in. (74 x 57.4 cm.)
    in a Cumberland frame.


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    Although L. Salerno points out that there is no evidence that Stoop travelled to Italy (Pittori Paesaggio del Seicento a Roma, III, 1980), the artist must have studied the oeuvre of his contemporary, the Dutch-Italianate artist, Pieter van Laer, il Bamboccio (Haarlem 1599-?1642). The present picture can be included in a group of Bambocciesque paintings by Stoop, of which the most notable is in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden.

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