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Lot 48: Circle of Otto van Veen. The Extacy of St. Francis, Oil, 17th C
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Oil on cradled panel
Otto (Octavius) van Veen (1556-1629) Flemish painter and teacher of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Dimensions: 105 x 76 cm
In profiled wooden frame: 120,3 x 91,8
Provenance: Private collection, Belgium
St. Francis looks in mystical extasy, braced by an angel, at the Holy Cross, the nails and the crown of thornes, presented to him by another angel. The sky above him is open brightly. His right hand rests on a skull, his left hand holds a book. So both hands shows the spectator obviously the stigmata of St. Francis.
The painting shows several scattered losses of paint and material. The panel is consisting of four planks. Despite the panel was cradled later, the surface of the painting cracked partially at the glued joints. The inspection under UV-light reveals some minor retouching and repainting. Larger areas are covered with several layers of varnish, which not allow to draw further conclusions from the inspection. There is some slight rubbing on the edges of the panel. The frame shows usual signes of age and wear.
Otto (Octavius) van Veen (1556-1629)
After a first artistic training in Leiden, Otto van Venn worked 1575-1580 in Rome in the workshop of Federico Zuccaro. Before returning to the Southern- Netherlands in 1584 and working as court painter of the governor Alessandro Farnese, he visited Munich and Aachen. He became a master of the Guild of St. Luke in Antwerp and run a succesfull workshop, where also the young Peter Paul Rubens worked. Van Venn published several emblem books, which had huge impact to other seventeenth-century artists and enhanced van Veens reputation as a painter in humanistic tradition. (rac)
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