The composition derives from a print, Vierge à la Fontaine by Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert (1586-1659), an engraver who made a number of prints after works by Rubens and his contemporaries (see N. van Hout, Rubens et l'art de la gravure, Ghent, 2004, p. 65, no. 56). Bolswert's engraving shows a detail from Rubens' Holy Family with an angel offering fruits now in the Kunsthaus, Zurich (M. Jaffé, Rubens, Catalogo Completo, Milan, 1989, no. 1062, illus.).
We thank David Jaffé for his kind help in cataloguing this lot.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF NANCY COHN AND ALLAN KATZ
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 12 January 1995, lot 266, where acquired by the present owner.
About Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577-1640, Siegen, Germany, based in Antwerp, Belgium