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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1

    Otto van Veen (Leiden c. 1556-1629 Brussels)

    The Pentecost

    Price Realised  


    Otto van Veen (Leiden c. 1556-1629 Brussels)
    The Pentecost
    oil on copper, stamped with the maker's mark of Pieter Stas and the Antwerp hand
    9 ½ x 12 5/8 in. (24.2 x 32.1 cm.)

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    This beautifully-preserved copper belongs to a series of six paintings produced during the artist's Italian sojourn (1575-1580). The other five pictures from the group belong to the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena (see op. cit., figs. 313-317), and show scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin: The Coronation of the Virgin; The Nativity; The Flagellation; The Resurrection; and The Assumption of the Virgin.


    with Central Picture Galleries, New York, where acquired by Everett Fahy.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the presence of the “Antwerp hand” on the back of the panel indicates that it was painted after 1584, when new laws were instituted regulating the export of goods from that city. As a result, it cannot have been painted as early (1575-1580) as was suggested in the catalogue, and is more likely to be a mature work by the artist. There has been a suggestion that this series was acquired in Antwerp by Vincenzo I Gonzaga c. 1611/1612, though some scholars believe it dates to a few years later, c. 1615. The existence of a complete set of this type by Van Veen, including 15 works in total, is preserved in the Staatsgalerie Neuberg an der Donau and suggests that in addition to the present copper and the five in the Pinacoteca in Siena, nine works from the series remain as-yet-undiscovered.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Everett Fahy


    La Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena: i dipinti dal XV al XVIII secolo, Genoa, 1978, p.265.