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Jan De Bray

(1627 -  1697 ) Wikipedia® : Jan De Bray
de BRAY Jan Mercury And Aglauros At The Door Of Herse's Chamber

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Dec 7, 2017
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De Bray Jana

 

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Jan De Bray - Mercury And Aglauros At The Door Of Herse's Chamber

Jan De Bray - Mercury And Aglauros At The Door Of Herse's Chamber

Original 1658
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Lot number: 172
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Jan de Bray HAARLEM CIRCA 1627 - 1697 signed and dated lower right: JDBray / 1658 (JDB in ligature) oil on oak panel 56.2 x 42 cm.; 22 x 16 1/2  in. Provenance Siegfried Bendixen (1786-1864), Hamburg and London; By whom sold, London, Christie's, 17 December 1836, lot 35 to Elfred Blaker; F.E. Lintz, The Hague; By whom sold, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller & Cie., 27 April 1909, lot 76 (according to Hofstede de Groot, cited by Von Moltke under Literature); Arthur Kay (1861-1939), London and Tregortha, Winton Drive, Glasgow; Captain von Geyer, Vegeholm, Sweden, by 1938; Thence by descent. Literature A. von Wurzbach, Niederländisches Künstler-Lexikon, vol. III, Leipzig 1911, p. 38; J.W. von Moltke, 'Jan de Bray', in Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft, vol. 11/12, 1938-39, p. 469, cat. no. 37; J. Giltaij, Jan de Braij 1627/1628-1697. Schilder en Architect, Zwolle 2017, pp. 87-88 and 312, cat. no. 13 and under cat. no. T90, reproduced in colour p. 87. Catalogue Note The subject, taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, served as an admonition not to succumb to envy. Three sisters, returning from the festival of Minerva and carrying sacred baskets on their heads were espied by Mercury, who immediately fell in love with Herse, the most beautiful of them. Another of the sisters, Aglauros, was consumed with jealousy, and in the scene depicted here, implored Mercury not to enter her sister's chamber. He will touch her with his wand, and she will be turned to black stone, reflecting the nature of her thoughts.  Jan, and his father Salomon de Bray made finished drawn copies after their own and others' paintings, often dated to the day, and Salomon's other sons Dirck and Joseph de Bray continued the family studio practice, copying paintings by their father and elder brother. Joseph drew a copy after the present painting which is now in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam, which he signed and dated Josepho. 1658 2/6.1 The date, 2nd February 1658, reveals that the painting, also dated 1658, was finished by the very beginning of February of that year. The drawing is also inscribed with a precise description of the subject. As Pieter Biesboer noted, Jan de Bray's early history pictures from the decade of the 1650s are dominated by the influence of his father Salomon. This is certainly true of the present example, with its small scale and muted colours.2  1. See Giltaij 2017, p. 312, cat. no. T90, reproduced in colour. 2. See P. Biesboer (ed.), Painting Family: The De Brays, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 19.
Jan De Bray - Saint Helena Carrying The True Cross Of Christ

Jan De Bray - Saint Helena Carrying The True Cross Of Christ

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Lot number: 40
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Jan de Bray
(Haarlem c. 1627–1697 Amsterdam)

Saint Helena Carrying the True Cross of Christ,

oil on canvas, 101 x 87.6 cm, framed

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Formerly in a Spanish private collection

The present painting comes with a report by Peter van den Brink (April 2014). Peter van den Brink writes: \’\’\’\’The present painting is by the hand of Jan de Bray of Haarlem, the eldest son of the painter Salomon de Bray […]. Like his father Salomon, Jan de Bray evolved into an excellent history painter, portraitist, and architect and in his later years became one of the most famous artists in Haarlem during the second half of the 17th century. The present painting is presumably an early work executed between 1651 and 1661 […].\’\’\’\’

Van den Brink compares the present composition to early works by Jan de Bray, such as the Banquet of Mark Antony and Cleopatra from 1652 in the Royal Collection in London. Some of the profiles betray conspicuous similarities that cannot be overlooked, while the rendering of the drapery and the hands is also extremely similar. Jan de Bray repeatedly painted individual figures of saints, such as King David in Prayer from 1662 (which appeared on the London art market in 1921). The present depiction of the holy Empress Helena, shown with the True Cross of Christ discovered by her, is a typical portrait historié by Jan de Bray.
Specialist: Dr. Alexander Strasoldo
Jan De Bray - Bathsheba Bathing

Jan De Bray - Bathsheba Bathing

Original 1697
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Lot number: 106
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Jan De Bray (Haarlem circa 1627-circa 1697 Amsterdam)

Bathsheba bathing

oil on panel

37 x 32cm (14 9/16 x 12 5/8in).

Footnotes

Jan de Bray spent most of his career working in Haarlem where he succeeded Frans Hals as the favourite portrait painter of the Haarlem patriciate. Indeed his biographer, Arnold Houbraken, called Jan 'the pearl in Haarlem's crown'. As well as portraits, often groups, he was a history painter of originality and sensitivity, arguably one of the most important history painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Among his most successful works are those subject pictures in which he incorporated portraiture, allowing him the better to concentrate on the psychological drama inherent in his stories. For example, in the two versions of the

Banquet of Cleopatra

he used his own family, including himself, as models (Royal Collection, 1652, and Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire, 1669). Particularly moving is the second version since most of those depicted had died in the plague of 1663-4. Throughout his career Jan experimented with unusual vantage points and unusual moments in a story. He thus endowed his figures with great presence and a sense of monumentality, while retaining their natural identity.
Jan De Bray - Bathsheba Bathing

Jan De Bray - Bathsheba Bathing

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Lot number: 38
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Jan De Bray (Haarlem circa 1627-circa 1697 Amsterdam)

Bathsheba bathing

oil on panel

37 x 32cm (14 9/16 x 12 5/8in).

Footnotes

Jan de Bray spent most of his career working in Haarlem where he succeeded Frans Hals as the favourite portrait painter of the Haarlem patriciate. Indeed his biographer, Arnold Houbraken, called Jan 'the pearl in Haarlem's crown'. As well as portraits, often groups, he was a history painter of originality and sensitivity, arguably one of the most important history painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Among his most successful works are those subject pictures in which he incorporated portraiture, allowing him the better to concentrate on the psychological drama inherent in his stories. For example, in the two versions of the

Banquet of Cleopatra

he used his own family, including himself, as models (Royal Collection, 1652, and Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire, 1669). Particularly moving is the second version since most of those depicted had died in the plague of 1663-4. Throughout his career Jan experimented with unusual vantage points and unusual moments in a story. He thus endowed his figures with great presence and a sense of monumentality, while retaining their natural identity.
Jan De Bray - Portrait Of A Girl, Bust-length, In A Black Dress And Pearl Necklace

Jan De Bray - Portrait Of A Girl, Bust-length, In A Black Dress And Pearl Necklace

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Lot number: 255
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Lot Description

Jan de Bray (Haarlem circa 1627-1697) Portrait of a girl, bust-length, in a black dress and pearl necklace oil on panel 21 5/8 x 17½ in. (54.9 x 44.5 cm.)

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Provenance

Anonymous sale; Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, 7 April 2004, lot 300. with David Koetser, Zurich. Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 28 January 2009, lot 255, , where acquired by the present owner.

Pre-Lot Text

PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Exhibited

London, Brian L. Koetser Gallery, Exhibition of Paintings by Old Masters, 11 October-December 1971, no. 2.

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