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    Sale 5432

    Old Master & British Pictures

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 187

    Guillaume Courtois, il Borgognone (St. Hippolyte 1628-1679 Rome)

    The Plague at Ashdod

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    Guillaume Courtois, il Borgognone (St. Hippolyte 1628-1679 Rome)
    The Plague at Ashdod
    oil on canvas
    29 x 24¼ in. (73.7 x 61.6 cm.)
    sold together with an engraving after the same subject (image 282 x 297 mm.; sheet 336 x 345 mm.)
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    The subject is taken from the Old Testament (Samuel 5: 1-6), and tells how the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant, placing it in the temple of the idol Dagon at Ashdod (now Israel), thus incurring God's wrath. As punishment the idol was smashed and its worshippers stricken with plague. In the present picture Il Borgongnone draws our attention to the physical affliction of the plague on the idolatrists.

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    Saleroom Notice

    We are grateful to Dr. Dieter Graf for confirming the attribution and pointing out that the present work is a modello for the fresco, of 1655/56, in the Church of San Marco, Rome.