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    Sale 2135

    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 292

    Follower of Jean Lemaire

    Theseus discovering his father's sword

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    Follower of Jean Lemaire
    Theseus discovering his father's sword
    oil on canvas
    23¾ x 19 in. 60.3 x 48.2 cm.

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    The subject of the present painting is taken from Plutarch (Lives, I, 3-6) and the iconography may derive from Pausanias' account of a relief on the Acropolis (Book I, Attica, XXVII, 8). When Aeginus, King of Athens, left his wife Aethra, he buried his sword and sandals under a boulder and informed her of their location. Their son Theseus was to join his father only when he was strong enough to lift the boulder and retrieve the arms.

    Dr. Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco has suggested an attribution to Lemaire, suggesting that the figures may be by Jacques Stella (private communication, 1997).

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    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 16 May 1962, lot 70, as 'Laurent de La Hyre'.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Johannesburg, Art Gallery, Three Centuries of French Painting: François I - Napoleon I, March-April 1974.