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    Sale 5432

    Old Master & British Pictures

    29 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 40

    Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot (Utrecht 1586-1666)

    The Seven Acts of Mercy

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    Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot (Utrecht 1586-1666)
    The Seven Acts of Mercy
    signed and dated 'Jc DS 1650' ('Jc' in monogram, 'DS' linked, lower left)
    oil on panel
    29¾ x 43½ in. (75.6 x 110.5 cm.)


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    The seven acts depicted are: feeding the hungry (left foreground); clothing the naked (centre background); relieving the thirsty (centre foreground); visiting the imprisoned (right background); burying the dead (centre background); giving shelter to the homeless (right foreground); and caring for the sick (centre background). These derived from Matthew, 25; 35-6: 'For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.'

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