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Gillis van Valckenborch
Lot No. 560 
Gillis van Valckenborch

Gillis van Valckenborch

(Antwerp c. 1570–1622 Frankfurt am Main)
The Return of Jephthah, his daughter welcoming her father home to the sound of tambourines and dancing,
oil on canvas, 142 x 276 cm, framed

Austrian noble collection

We are grateful to Dr. Alexander Wied who has confirmed the attribution of the present painting. We also grateful to Dr. Werner Telesko for identifying the subject.

In 1586, Gillis van Valckenborch, the son of Marten and the brother of Frederik van Valckenborch, left Antwerp for Frankfurt am Main. Between 1590 and 1595 he sojourned in Rome. Until 1602 he closely collaborated with his brother Frederik. Gillis van Valckenborch painted landscapes populated by biblical and mythological figures, as well as protagonists from Greek and Roman history. His figures, rendered in a Mannerist style, usually appear amidst large, moving crowds. For his painting, the artist drew inspiration from revolutionary works by the School of Prague and the prevalent movement of international Mannerism. A characteristic feature of Gillis van Valckenborch’s art is the lively colouring of his compositions, for which he primarily used pink and light blue hues.

Specialist: Dr. Alexander Strasoldo

Gillis van Valckenborch
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Old Master Paintings
Date: 17.04.2013, 17:00
Location: Palais Dorotheum Vienna
Exhibition: 06.04. - 17.04.2013

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