Description: Our painting is a minimally different version of a picture in the Kassel Gemäldegalerie depicting the "Avaritia", avarice. The work is part of a series on the theme of human vice, now dispersed. Some of the pictures are in St. Petersburg, others were in Schloss Schleissheim near Munich. Whether they were done by one painter and who that may have been, is still questioned by art historians. The Kassel painting,dated 1642 but unsigned, has had several attributions in the course of time, for example Joachim von Sandrart, Matthias Stomer, Flemish master. The Schleissheim pictures were even attributed to Jordaens. Stylistically, the works are close to the Utrecht school, Matthias Stomer being part of that. However, F. Fischbacher sees a resemblance to Stomer only in the depiction of avarice. Our version differs only slightly from the Kassel work in the background. The liveliness in the expression of the greedy faces lit from below by a lamp on a table, is here equally conspicuous.
Dimensions: 94 x 114.5 cm
Artist or Maker: MATTHIAS STOMER, attributed to
Medium: oil on canvas (relined)
Provenance: Private collection, Austria.
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