14 November 2012
Antwerp School, c. 1530-40
Saint Christopher and Saint Anthony
oil on panel
46.7 x 31.9 cm.
with a panelmaker's mark on the reverse
J.A. Emmens, Rotterdam and thence by descent.
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Delft, Prinsenhof, Der Bijbelse Kunst, 17 May 1952-12 August 1952, no. 305, as Jan Wellens de Cock.
Rotterdam, De Boer, Tentoonstelling van Oude Schilderijen in de Rotterdamse Kunstkring, 10-26 April 1953, no. 71, as Jan Wellens de Cock.
A very similar composition with slight deviations is in the Museo Civico di Bassano del Grappa, Castelnovo di Isola Vicentina, as German School 16th Century (inv.no. 228, measuring 42 x 34 cm). Another similar composition, with a former attribution to Jan Wellens de Cock, is in The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit (inv.no. 44.259). However, here Saint Anthony is not depicted. All three compositions are thought to be inspired by the woodcut by Albrecht Dürer (B. 104), which can be dated circa 1500.
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