• Old Masters and 19th Century A auction at Christies

    Sale 7842

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    30 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    School of Ulm, circa 1510

    Saints Severus and Simon with a kneeling clerical donor - a panel from an altarpiece

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    School of Ulm, circa 1510
    Saints Severus and Simon with a kneeling clerical donor - a panel from an altarpiece
    inscribed '[S]ANCT VS · SENERVS' and 'SANCTVS · SIMON ·' (on the halos) and 'Populu[m] Cu[n]ctu[m]·tu · pr[o]tege · salva·libera · Et · emu[n]da' (on the scroll)
    on gold ground panel
    35¾ x 18½ in. (90.7 x 47 cm.)


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    Two wings by the same hand, traditionally given to Bartholomaeus Zeitblom, are in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and the Biberach Museum, near Ulm. The panel depicts Bishop Severus of Ravenna, with his attribute of a white dove, and the Apostle Simon Zelotes with his wooden club. As Ludwig Meyer notes (private correspondence, March 2005), it is likely that the complete altarpiece would only have had two wings enclosing a shrine with sculpture, and that the other wing would have possibly portrayed another holy bishop and the Apostle Judas Thaddeus, who was the brother of Simon Zelotes.

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    Provenance

    Acquired by the father of the present owner more than seventy years ago.