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Theodor van Thulden ('s-Hertogenbosch 1606-1669)
Theodor van Thulden ('s-Hertogenbosch 1606-1669)

The Penitent Mary Magdalen

Theodor van Thulden ('s-Hertogenbosch 1606-1669)
The Penitent Mary Magdalen
indistinctly signed 'T... Thul... fecit' (centre left)
oil on canvas
91.6 x 72.4 cm.
Paulus Wilhelmus Bosch van Drakestein (1771-1834), burgomaster of Utrecht, from whom acquired after his death by Andries Jan Jacob Baron des Tombe (1787-1845), lieutenant-general in Maastricht;
by decent in 1856 via Baroness des Tombe to Henriette Josephine Jacqueline Baroness Bosch van Drakestein (1801-1878), and by descent to her son Charles Frédéric Louis Baron de Bieberstein Rogalla Zawadsky (1834-1890);
thence by decent to the present family member.

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Lot Essay

This hitherto unpublished painting by Theodor van Thulden was in possession of two important Dutch Noble families, des Tombe and Bosch van Drakestein.
The striking representation of the penitent Saint Magdalen is an exquisite example of van Thulden’s talent. The composition reflects the influence of Peter Paul Rubens, whose style had a strong impact on the artist and from whom he derived motifs like the present.
Theodor van Thulden emigrated from the Northern Netherlands and settled in Antwerp where he specialised in history pieces and mythological works of art. In 1639 and 1640, he was dean of the Antwerp Saint Luke Guild. He returned to his hometown ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 1644, where he developed a more personal style. Van Thulden explored the portrait genre and painted group portraits of important families, as well as several historical allegories for, amongst others, the City Hall of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

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