• Old Masters and 19th Century A auction at Christies

    Sale 7842

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    30 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 21

    Hans Rottenhammer I (Munich 1564/5-1625 Augsburg)

    The Banquet of the Gods

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    Hans Rottenhammer I (Munich 1564/5-1625 Augsburg)
    The Banquet of the Gods
    oil on copper
    20 x 28 in. (50.8 x 71.2 cm.)

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    We are grateful to drs. Luuk Pijl for his assistance in cataloguing this lot, and for suggesting a date of circa 1605-6.

    The painting has been described as an autograph variant of one of Rottenhammer's undisputed masterpieces, The Feast of the Gods of 1600 in The Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, albeit with the composition reversed. Writing in the catalogue of the important recent exhibition on the artist, Hans Borggrefe has suggested that Rottenhammer may have included his own self-portrait as the central figure of the god Bacchus borne by fauns (op. cit., p. 142).

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    Private collection, New York; Christie's, New York, 2 June 1988, lot 95.


    J. Müller Hofstede, 'Die Krisis der Historie im Kabinettbild um 1600', in Europäische Historienmalerei, Cologne, 1989.
    H. Borggrefe in H. Borggrefe et al., Hans Rottenhammer: beghert - vergessen - neu entdeckt, Lemgo and Prague, Nationalgalerie, 2008, p. 142, under no. 44, and p. 205, fig. 30.