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Circle of Frans Francken I (1542-1616)

Circle of Frans Francken I (1542-1616)

The Seven Acts of Mercy

oil on panel
72.5 x 103 cm

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The prototype is in a Spanish private collection (see U.A. Härting, Studie zur Kabinettbildmalerei des Frans Francken II 1581-1642, 1983, no. B 198, fig. 24). The composition was repeated by Frans Francken II, by whom several versions exist

The support is branded with the coat-of-arms of the City of Antwerp and the panelmakers initials VHB. The size of the support, known as the '26 stuyvers maat', was a well-known standard panel size in the early 17th century in Antwerp

We would like to thank Jorgen Wadum of the Mauritshuis for the information given on the support

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