Valentin de Boulogne

French, 1591–1632

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Valentin de Boulogne

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French, 1591–1632

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$1,935,000
A FORTUNE TELLER, BRAVO, LUTE PLAYER, DRINKING FIGURE, AND A PICK-POCKET
Sold on Feb 1, 2018
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187.6 x 145.7 cm
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$1,935,000
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Feb 1, 2018
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A FORTUNE TELLER, BRAVO, LUTE PLAYER, DRINKING FIGURE, AND A PICK-POCKET
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Feb 1, 2018
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$1,935,000
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187.6 x 145.7 cm
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Feb 1, 2018
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$1,935,000
$490,000
David with the head of goliath
Sold on May 26, 2016
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103.0 x 138.99 in
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$490,000
Auction Sale
May 26, 2016
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David with the head of goliath
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May 26, 2016
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$490,000
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103.0 x 138.99 in
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May 26, 2016
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$490,000
$490,000
Sold on May 26, 2016
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oil on canvas
139 by 103 cm
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$490,000
Auction Sale
May 26, 2016
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Description
This powerful depiction of the victorious young David was painted in circa 1627 for Cardinal Francesco Barberini, who paid 15 scudi for the work. It has not been offered at auction since 1991. Its presumed pendant, also painted for the Barberini family, is the Sampson which today hangs in the Cleveland Museum of Art.1 Both paintings were previously extended along the lower edge and the present work was inscribed with the number '90', in the characteristic nineteenth-century Barberini inventory brush (see Mojana, under Literature, for an image of the canvas with extensions). Around the same period Valentin completed his monumental Allegory of Italy, which was also commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Barberini.2 Mojana (see Literature) specifically compares the careful delineation of the physiognomy of the present David and the half-open hand with the Portrait of Raffaello Menicucci in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.3 A very similar severed head can be found in the Judith with the Head of Holofernes, in the Augustinian Museum in Toulouse.4 1. Mojana, pp. 166-67, cat. no. 56, reproduced.2. Ibid., pp. 150-51, cat. no. 49, reproduced.3. Ibid., pp. 126-27, cat. no. 37, reproduced.4. Ibid., pp. 164-65, cat. no. 55, reproduced.
oil on canvas
May 26, 2016
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$490,000
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139 by 103 cm
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May 26, 2016
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$490,000
Description
This powerful depiction of the victorious young David was painted in circa 1627 for Cardinal Francesco Barberini, who paid 15 scudi for the work. It has not been offered at auction since 1991. Its presumed pendant, also painted for the Barberini family, is the Sampson which today hangs in the Cleveland Museum of Art.1 Both paintings were previously extended along the lower edge and the present work was inscribed with the number '90', in the characteristic nineteenth-century Barberini inventory brush (see Mojana, under Literature, for an image of the canvas with extensions). Around the same period Valentin completed his monumental Allegory of Italy, which was also commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Barberini.2 Mojana (see Literature) specifically compares the careful delineation of the physiognomy of the present David and the half-open hand with the Portrait of Raffaello Menicucci in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.3 A very similar severed head can be found in the Judith with the Head of Holofernes, in the Augustinian Museum in Toulouse.4 1. Mojana, pp. 166-67, cat. no. 56, reproduced.2. Ibid., pp. 150-51, cat. no. 49, reproduced.3. Ibid., pp. 126-27, cat. no. 37, reproduced.4. Ibid., pp. 164-65, cat. no. 55, reproduced.
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Angelo cantore che si accompagna al suono di una cetra
Sold on May 3, 2016
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oil on canvas
54.0 x 65.0 in
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Price not available
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May 3, 2016
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Angelo cantore che si accompagna al suono di una cetra
oil on canvas
May 3, 2016
Cambi Casa d'Aste
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54.0 x 65.0 in
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May 3, 2016
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€23,000
Cristo e il pagamento del tributo
Sold on Apr 16, 2016
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oil on board
35.99 x 27.0 in
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€23,000
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Apr 16, 2016
Meeting Art
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Cristo e il pagamento del tributo
oil on board
Apr 16, 2016
Meeting Art
€23,000
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35.99 x 27.0 in
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Apr 16, 2016
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€23,000
$5,178,000
The Crowning with Thorns
Sold on Jan 27, 2016
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106.5 x 146.41 in
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$5,178,000
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Jan 27, 2016
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The Crowning with Thorns
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Jan 27, 2016
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106.5 x 146.41 in
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Jan 27, 2016
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$5,178,000
$5,178,000
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Oil on canvas
146.4 by 106.5 cm
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$5,178,000
Auction Sale
Jan 27, 2016
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Description
This masterpiece of Baroque naturalism is among the first known works painted by Valentin de Boulogne, Caravaggio’s most accomplished French follower and arguably his greatest acolyte. Painted in Rome in 1615 or shortly thereafter, it shows to what extent and how quickly the Frenchman had absorbed Caravaggio’s radical innovations. Caravaggio's redefining style had immediately drawn artists from all over Europe to the febrile artistic milieu of the Eternal City. Few, if any, however, were able to match Valentin’s bravura in mastering the realism and economy of design which were to dominate Baroque art throughout Europe for the first stage of the 17th century. It is not entirely clear when Valentin arrived in Rome, but it may have been as early as 1611, when a 'Valentino francese' is mentioned as living in the parish of San Nicola ai Prefetti. The first confirmed mention of him is in 1620, when a 'Valentino Bologni, francese' is included in the parish listing of Santa Maria del Popolo. Unlike Caravaggio, who was known as an abrasive and often solitary character, Valentin was comfortable mixing with artists both local and foreign. In 1626, for example, he took charge of the celebrations of the Accademia di San Luca, Rome's artists' guild, to mark the feast of Saint Luke. His companion in this endeavor was none other than Nicolas Poussin, a fellow Frenchman and an artist who represented the other main strand of Baroque art in Rome at the time. The Taubman Crowning with Thorns captures perfectly the artistic currents prevalent in Rome during the second decade of the century. Valentin’s interpretation of the tenebrist idiom, possibly learnt through Bartolomeo Manfredi, is not used as a generic commonplace, frequent in second- and third-generation followers of Caravaggio, but as an instrument to render more acute the intensity and drama of the scene. The cinematographic effect of the spotlit figures is faithful to the last to the ethos of Caravaggio, whose use of light often turned it into one of the protagonists of the action, and not a mere formal device. Moreover, the pathos of the subject matter, taken from the twenty-seventh book of Matthew’s Gospel, is the perfect vehicle to transmit the directness of the early Counter-Reformation aesthetic. The torturer who looks out at us in challenge and engages our attention draws us into the scene, making us both witness to and participant in the cruelty of the drama. The figure lower left, meanwhile, mocks and jeers at Christ, whose head, appropriately, is at the very center of the compressed and compact composition. The source of the design possibly derives from Caravaggio’s Crowning with Thorns in Prato (fig. 1). The subject was popular with many Caravaggesque artists and is one which Valentin returned to repeatedly. Another treatment of the subject, horizontal and with five figures, is in the Louvre, Paris (Mojana, op. cit., no. 13, pp. 78-79, illustrated). Two further treatments of the subject by Valentin from a few years later in his career are both in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich (ibid. no. 6, pp. 64-65, and no. 18, pp. 88-89, respectively, both illustrated in color). One of these (fig. 2) is of the same format as the present work and is of similar dimensions but is far less compact in its design. While the quality and refinement of the Munich work are by no means lesser than the Taubman picture, the scene is arguably less intense and lacks the immediacy and directness of the present work. Nor can the Munich picture boast the rich red folds of Christ's robe, which add depth to an otherwise reduced palette. The obvious success and popularity of the composition is attested to by the fact that two copies are known: one was formerly with Edward Speelman, as by Terbrugghen, though this attribution can no longer be upheld; another was sold in Venice, at Semenzato, December 15, 1985, lot 115. Please note that the loan of this painting has been requested for the monographic exhibition dedicated to Valentin de Boulogne to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York beginning in October 2016, and continuing at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Oil on canvas
Jan 27, 2016
Sotheby's
$5,178,000
Realized price
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Artwork Info
Painting
146.4 by 106.5 cm
Estimate
Auction Sale
Jan 27, 2016
Sotheby's
Realized Price
$5,178,000
Description
This masterpiece of Baroque naturalism is among the first known works painted by Valentin de Boulogne, Caravaggio’s most accomplished French follower and arguably his greatest acolyte. Painted in Rome in 1615 or shortly thereafter, it shows to what extent and how quickly the Frenchman had absorbed Caravaggio’s radical innovations. Caravaggio's redefining style had immediately drawn artists from all over Europe to the febrile artistic milieu of the Eternal City. Few, if any, however, were able to match Valentin’s bravura in mastering the realism and economy of design which were to dominate Baroque art throughout Europe for the first stage of the 17th century. It is not entirely clear when Valentin arrived in Rome, but it may have been as early as 1611, when a 'Valentino francese' is mentioned as living in the parish of San Nicola ai Prefetti. The first confirmed mention of him is in 1620, when a 'Valentino Bologni, francese' is included in the parish listing of Santa Maria del Popolo. Unlike Caravaggio, who was known as an abrasive and often solitary character, Valentin was comfortable mixing with artists both local and foreign. In 1626, for example, he took charge of the celebrations of the Accademia di San Luca, Rome's artists' guild, to mark the feast of Saint Luke. His companion in this endeavor was none other than Nicolas Poussin, a fellow Frenchman and an artist who represented the other main strand of Baroque art in Rome at the time. The Taubman Crowning with Thorns captures perfectly the artistic currents prevalent in Rome during the second decade of the century. Valentin’s interpretation of the tenebrist idiom, possibly learnt through Bartolomeo Manfredi, is not used as a generic commonplace, frequent in second- and third-generation followers of Caravaggio, but as an instrument to render more acute the intensity and drama of the scene. The cinematographic effect of the spotlit figures is faithful to the last to the ethos of Caravaggio, whose use of light often turned it into one of the protagonists of the action, and not a mere formal device. Moreover, the pathos of the subject matter, taken from the twenty-seventh book of Matthew’s Gospel, is the perfect vehicle to transmit the directness of the early Counter-Reformation aesthetic. The torturer who looks out at us in challenge and engages our attention draws us into the scene, making us both witness to and participant in the cruelty of the drama. The figure lower left, meanwhile, mocks and jeers at Christ, whose head, appropriately, is at the very center of the compressed and compact composition. The source of the design possibly derives from Caravaggio’s Crowning with Thorns in Prato (fig. 1). The subject was popular with many Caravaggesque artists and is one which Valentin returned to repeatedly. Another treatment of the subject, horizontal and with five figures, is in the Louvre, Paris (Mojana, op. cit., no. 13, pp. 78-79, illustrated). Two further treatments of the subject by Valentin from a few years later in his career are both in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich (ibid. no. 6, pp. 64-65, and no. 18, pp. 88-89, respectively, both illustrated in color). One of these (fig. 2) is of the same format as the present work and is of similar dimensions but is far less compact in its design. While the quality and refinement of the Munich work are by no means lesser than the Taubman picture, the scene is arguably less intense and lacks the immediacy and directness of the present work. Nor can the Munich picture boast the rich red folds of Christ's robe, which add depth to an otherwise reduced palette. The obvious success and popularity of the composition is attested to by the fact that two copies are known: one was formerly with Edward Speelman, as by Terbrugghen, though this attribution can no longer be upheld; another was sold in Venice, at Semenzato, December 15, 1985, lot 115. Please note that the loan of this painting has been requested for the monographic exhibition dedicated to Valentin de Boulogne to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York beginning in October 2016, and continuing at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
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Angelo cantore che si accompagna al suono di una cetra
Sold on Nov 18, 2015
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oil on canvas
54.0 x 65.0 in
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Price not available
Auction Sale
Nov 18, 2015
Cambi Casa d'Aste
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Angelo cantore che si accompagna al suono di una cetra
oil on canvas
Nov 18, 2015
Cambi Casa d'Aste
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54.0 x 65.0 in
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Nov 18, 2015
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£10,000
The denial of St Peter
Sold on Apr 29, 2015
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oil on copper
38.2 x 30.61 in
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£10,000
Auction Sale
Apr 29, 2015
Bonhams
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The denial of St Peter
oil on copper
Apr 29, 2015
Bonhams
£10,000
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38.2 x 30.61 in
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Apr 29, 2015
Bonhams
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£10,000
CHF CHF48,000
Das Urteil des Salomon
Sold on Nov 26, 2014
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oil on canvas
212.5 x 176.5 in
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CHF CHF48,000
Auction Sale
Nov 26, 2014
Fischer
Description
Das Urteil des Salomon
oil on canvas
Nov 26, 2014
Fischer
CHF CHF48,000
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212.5 x 176.5 in
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Nov 26, 2014
Fischer
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CHF CHF48,000