Hieronymus Bosch

Dutch, ca. 1450–1516

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Hieronymus Bosch

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Dutch, ca. 1450–1516

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£175,000
Sold on Jul 5, 2017
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Painting
oil on oak panel
43.6 x 58.3 cm
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Realized Price
£175,000
Auction Sale
Jul 5, 2017
Sotheby's
Description
The Harrowing of Hell, or Christ's Descent into Limbo, is described in the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus. The infernal subject matter clearly lent itself to the diabolical and outlandish creatures invented by Bosch, which were an inspiration and source of imitation for many generations of artists to come. Indeed, the figure of Christ here, silhouetted in the glare of the Gate of Hell, appears somewhat secondary to the chaotic activity of the gruesome demons and sinners. Early sources confirm that Bosch treated this or a similar subject in at least four paintings, all now lost, two of which were in the collection of King Philip II of Spain.1 This particular composition is known in a number of versions by followers of Bosch,2 such as the panel of slightly larger dimensions in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna,3 the painting at Hampton Court Palace,4 and the version in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.5 All these works are most likely North Netherlandish imitations, dating to the mid-sixteenth century, in the wake of high demand for such pictures in the style of Bosch. It is generally accepted, however, that they are most probably compilations of adapted motifs, rather than derivations of a lost original by Bosch himself. The enormous head holding open his own mouth, for example, is found in other paintings from the artist's following, such as The Vision of Tundale, in the Denver Art Museum,6 but not in any of Bosch's own works, while the tent it wears as a hat appears in several autograph paintings, such as the triptych of The Last Judgment at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna.7 Dendrochronological analysis has identified the last annual growth ring in the present panel as dating to 1498. Assuming a minimum growth of eight sapwood rings, this panel could have been in use from circa 1506 onwards, although a date of use in the late 1510s is more plausible. The present work would therefore appear to be among the earliest of the known versions and as such, is a highly significant addition to this group. 1. See L. Campbell, The early Flemish pictures in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen, Cambridge 1985, p. 11, under cat. no. 7. 2. See G. Unverfehrt, Hieronymus Bosch: Die Rezeption seiner Kunst im frühen 16. Jahrhundert, Berlin 1980, pp. 203 and 289, under cat. no. 159a. 3. Inv. no. 2715; oil on panel; 55 x 74 cm.; see Die Gemäldegalerie des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, Vienna 1991, p. 87, reproduced plate 292. 4. Inv. no. 753; oil on panel; 58.7 x 81 cm.; see Campbell 1985, pp. 10–12, cat. no. 7, reproduced fig. 7. 5. Inv. no. 63.10; oil on panel; 58.1 x 72.1 cm. 6. Inv. no. 1948.37; oil on panel; dimensions unknown. 7. Inv. no. GG-579-581; see Bosch Research and Conservation Project, Hieronymus Bosch Painter and Draughtsman. Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London 2016, pp. 290–307, cat. no. 17, reproduced in colour.
oil on oak panel
Jul 5, 2017
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£175,000
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Painting
43.6 x 58.3 cm
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Auction Sale
Jul 5, 2017
Sotheby's
Realized Price
£175,000
Description
The Harrowing of Hell, or Christ's Descent into Limbo, is described in the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus. The infernal subject matter clearly lent itself to the diabolical and outlandish creatures invented by Bosch, which were an inspiration and source of imitation for many generations of artists to come. Indeed, the figure of Christ here, silhouetted in the glare of the Gate of Hell, appears somewhat secondary to the chaotic activity of the gruesome demons and sinners. Early sources confirm that Bosch treated this or a similar subject in at least four paintings, all now lost, two of which were in the collection of King Philip II of Spain.1 This particular composition is known in a number of versions by followers of Bosch,2 such as the panel of slightly larger dimensions in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna,3 the painting at Hampton Court Palace,4 and the version in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.5 All these works are most likely North Netherlandish imitations, dating to the mid-sixteenth century, in the wake of high demand for such pictures in the style of Bosch. It is generally accepted, however, that they are most probably compilations of adapted motifs, rather than derivations of a lost original by Bosch himself. The enormous head holding open his own mouth, for example, is found in other paintings from the artist's following, such as The Vision of Tundale, in the Denver Art Museum,6 but not in any of Bosch's own works, while the tent it wears as a hat appears in several autograph paintings, such as the triptych of The Last Judgment at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna.7 Dendrochronological analysis has identified the last annual growth ring in the present panel as dating to 1498. Assuming a minimum growth of eight sapwood rings, this panel could have been in use from circa 1506 onwards, although a date of use in the late 1510s is more plausible. The present work would therefore appear to be among the earliest of the known versions and as such, is a highly significant addition to this group. 1. See L. Campbell, The early Flemish pictures in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen, Cambridge 1985, p. 11, under cat. no. 7. 2. See G. Unverfehrt, Hieronymus Bosch: Die Rezeption seiner Kunst im frühen 16. Jahrhundert, Berlin 1980, pp. 203 and 289, under cat. no. 159a. 3. Inv. no. 2715; oil on panel; 55 x 74 cm.; see Die Gemäldegalerie des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, Vienna 1991, p. 87, reproduced plate 292. 4. Inv. no. 753; oil on panel; 58.7 x 81 cm.; see Campbell 1985, pp. 10–12, cat. no. 7, reproduced fig. 7. 5. Inv. no. 63.10; oil on panel; 58.1 x 72.1 cm. 6. Inv. no. 1948.37; oil on panel; dimensions unknown. 7. Inv. no. GG-579-581; see Bosch Research and Conservation Project, Hieronymus Bosch Painter and Draughtsman. Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London 2016, pp. 290–307, cat. no. 17, reproduced in colour.
$62,500
The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Sold on Oct 25, 2016
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Painting
oil on panel
35.5 x 29.5 in
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$62,500
Auction Sale
Oct 25, 2016
Christie's
Description
The Temptation of Saint Anthony
oil on panel
Oct 25, 2016
Christie's
$62,500
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35.5 x 29.5 in
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Oct 25, 2016
Christie's
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$62,500
€22,000
Die Versuchung des hl. Christophorus
Sold on May 26, 2016
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Sculpture
etching and copper plate engraving
42.49 x 33.4 in
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€22,000
Auction Sale
May 26, 2016
Galerie Bassenge
Description
Die Versuchung des hl. Christophorus
etching and copper plate engraving
May 26, 2016
Galerie Bassenge
€22,000
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Sculpture
42.49 x 33.4 in
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May 26, 2016
Galerie Bassenge
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€22,000
€4,200
Ecce Homo
Sold on Apr 16, 2016
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Painting
oil on canvas
142.01 x 91.01 in
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€4,200
Auction Sale
Apr 16, 2016
Meeting Art
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Ecce Homo
oil on canvas
Apr 16, 2016
Meeting Art
€4,200
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142.01 x 91.01 in
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Apr 16, 2016
Meeting Art
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€4,200
$850,000
The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Sold on Jan 28, 2016
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paintings
57.99 x 43.51 in
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$850,000
Auction Sale
Jan 28, 2016
Sotheby's
Description
The Temptation of Saint Anthony
paintings
Jan 28, 2016
Sotheby's
$850,000
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57.99 x 43.51 in
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Jan 28, 2016
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$850,000
SEK kr380,000
The fools ship
Sold on Dec 1, 2015
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Painting
oil on panel
27.99 x 36.5 in
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SEK kr380,000
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Dec 1, 2015
Uppsala Auktionskammare
Description
The fools ship
oil on panel
Dec 1, 2015
Uppsala Auktionskammare
SEK kr380,000
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27.99 x 36.5 in
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Dec 1, 2015
Uppsala Auktionskammare
Realized Price
SEK kr380,000
€12,500
Die Versuchung des Heiligen Christophorus (The Temptation of St. Christopher)
Sold on Nov 26, 2015
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Print
etching and copper engraving on laid paper
42.8 x 33.3 in
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€12,500
Auction Sale
Nov 26, 2015
Grisebach
Description
Die Versuchung des Heiligen Christophorus (The Temptation of St. Christopher)
etching and copper engraving on laid paper
Nov 26, 2015
Grisebach
€12,500
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42.8 x 33.3 in
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Nov 26, 2015
Grisebach
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€12,500
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Das Schiff des Verderbens
Sold on Jun 19, 2015
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Print
copper engraving on handmade paper
29.69 x 22.91 in
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Price not available
Auction Sale
Jun 19, 2015
Galerie Kornfeld
Description
Das Schiff des Verderbens
copper engraving on handmade paper
Jun 19, 2015
Galerie Kornfeld
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29.69 x 22.91 in
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Jun 19, 2015
Galerie Kornfeld
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Price not available
€32,500
The Birth of Christ
Sold on Apr 21, 2015
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Painting
oil on panel
75.01 x 108.99 in
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Realized Price
€32,500
Auction Sale
Apr 21, 2015
Dorotheum
Description
The Birth of Christ
oil on panel
Apr 21, 2015
Dorotheum
€32,500
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75.01 x 108.99 in
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Apr 21, 2015
Dorotheum
Realized Price
€32,500
£115,000
Sold on Feb 24, 2015
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£115,000
Auction Sale
Feb 24, 2015
Sotheby's
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Feb 24, 2015
Sotheby's
£115,000
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Feb 24, 2015
Sotheby's
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£115,000