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Nicolaes Maes (1634 - 1693)



January 28, 2005
New York, NY, US

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signed and dated lower center N Maes. 1673

oil on canvas


74 by 55 in.; 188 by 139.7 cm


St. Petersburg, Florida, Florida Museum of Fine Arts; Atlanta, Georgia, High Museum of Art, Dutch Life in the Golden Century. An Exhibition of Seventeenth Century Dutch Painting of Daily Life, January-May, 1975, no. 32;
North Carolina Museum of Art, 1976;
San Jose, Costa Rica, National Insurance Institute, Por Una Costa Rica Mejor Para Todos, 1978;
Sarasota, Florida, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Dutch Seventeenth Century Portraiture, The Golden Age, December 4, 1980-February 8, 1981, no.43;
New York, Bonwit Teller, on loan, 1981;
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marquette University, Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Children in Art: A Century of Change, February 12-May 23, 1999


The Connoisseur, Vol. CLI, no. 609, November 1962, reproduced on cover;
R. Wishnevsky, Studien zum "portrait histoire" in den Niederlanden, Phil. Diss, Munich 1967, pp. 83-5, 195, no. 88, reproduced fig. 18;
M. Russell, "The Iconography of Rembrandt's Rape of Ganymede," in Simiolus, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1977, p. 9;
W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, Vol. 3, Landau/Pfalz 1986, under no. 1442;
L. Krempel, Nicolaes Maes, Petersberg 1999, pp. 98, 308, cat. no. A128, reproduced figs. 205 and 459


Possibly Jackson
By whom sold, London, Edward Foster, November 5, 1823, lot 31b ("Three Children with Dogs", together with lot 31a, "Saint Peter by Candlelight" by Schalcken), for £1.10 to Traherne;
With Rothschild & Co., London, 1943;
With B. Rapp, Stockholm, 1950;
George J. Gould
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, June 22, 1960, lot 52 for £800;
With Central Picture Galleries, New York, by whom sold to
Marc and Lillian Rojtman


Maes painted several portraits of children as Ganymede, some as single figures and some, as in the present portrait, as part of a group with other children represented as Diana, Apollo, or other mythological figures. These can all be dated to the late 1670s and early 1680s. A similar group portrait with four children, signed and dated 1674, is in the Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht.

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