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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 95

    French School, circa 1640

    Allegory of the Arts

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    French School, circa 1640
    Allegory of the Arts
    oil on canvas
    41 1/8 x 55 1/8 in. (104.6 x 140.3 cm.)


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    Long thought to be attributed to Jacques Blanchard and later to his circle (perhaps to his pupil Louis de Boullogne the Elder), the present lot remains within the world of Simon Vouet. Also artists such as Dorigny and Isaac have been considered, but the attribution is yet to be confirmed. The music book at the centre of the composition features the first part of the motet Populum humilem by Roland de Lassus (1532-1594), which was firstly printed in Germany and later in France between the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century.

    We are grateful to Mrs. Florence Gétreau, Research Director at CNRS, for her assistance with cataloguing this lot.

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