24 - 25 May 2016
Two of a series of three Rosary pictures are being offered in this sale, The Joyful (lot 65) and The Sorrowful Mysteries of the five Rosaries (lot 66). The third Rosary picture with The Glorious Mysteries is still in the property of the descendants of Dr. Beck (fig. 1). This very rare and well conserved series, each depicting scenes from the life of Christ in five medallions, is dated 1492 (lot 66). Ludwig Meyer kindly pointed out in 2012 that the artist must originate from the region of Lake Constance. The crucifixion is placed before a typical Lake Constance landscape. The buildings especially match with the northern shore of the lake. Beck acquired all three in 1881 from the collection of Dr. J.G.Dursch, who is considered to be a 19th century pioneer in collecting Old German painting.
Master of the Lake Constance region, 1492
The Joyful Mysteries of the five Rosaries, with the Adoration of the Magi; the Annunciation; the Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth; the Presentation of the Child in the Temple; and the Adoration of the Shepherds
oil and tempera on panel
97 x 58.8 cm.
Dean Dr. Johann Georg Martin von Dursch; his deceased sale, Rottweil am Neckar, 4 July 1881, lot 22, where acquired by Dr. Paul Anselm Franz Beck (1845-1915) together with the other two rosaries; thence by descent.
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Freising, Diözesanmuseum, Vera Icon, 21 May-28 September 1987, p. 116, no. IX.17, as School of the Upper Rhine and stylistically related to the work of Gabriel Mäleskircher and Sigmund Hueter.
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