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Pieter Lastman (Amsterdam 1583-1633)
Pieter Lastman (Amsterdam 1583-1633)

Judah and Tamar

Details
Pieter Lastman (Amsterdam 1583-1633)
Judah and Tamar
oil on panel
48¼ x 36 5/8 in. (122.6 x 93 cm.)
Provenance
Dr. David A. Arnon, New York; Christie's, London, 11 December 1959, lot 83 (600 gns. to Leadbeater).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 16 December 1960, lot 18 (300 gns. to Greeves).
Literature
K. Freise, Pieter Lastman: sein Leben und seine Kunst, Leipzig, 1911, pp. 213-214.
E. Larsen in Oud Holland, 's-Gravenhage, 1957, LXXII, no. 2, pp. 111-112, 114, note 6.
W.R. Valentiner, 'Noch Einmal "Die Judenbraut"', in Festschrift Kurt Bauch, Munich, 1957, pp. 227, 229, 236-237, note 2, fig. 2.
D.A. de Witt, Jan van Noordt: Painter of History and Portraits in Amsterdam, Montreal, 2007, pp. 229-230.
C.T. Seifert, Pieter Lastman: Studien zu Leben und Werk, Petersberg, 2011, p. 172, fig. 182.
Exhibited
Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Rembrandt and his pupils: a loan exhibition, 16 November-30 December 1956, no. 63.
Indianapolis, John Herron Art Museum and San Diego, The Fine Arts Gallery, The young Rembrandt and his times, a loan exhibition of Dutch painting of the first four decades of the seventeenth century, 14 February-23 March 1958, and 11 April-18 May 1958, no. 30.

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Lot Essay

In 1957 this picture was identified as the lost original of Pieter Lastman's Judah and Tamar, a composition which had been known to scholars through an engraving once given to Jan van Noordt but now thought to be by Lastman himself. A painting in a Dutch private collection, formerly thought to have been the original, has since been recognized to be a copy after the print.

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