School of the Netherlands from the end of the 16th century, around 1590
Oil on copper: 50 x 65 cm. Framed: 67 x 82 cm
Presented in a beautiful Louis XIII period frame in carved and gilded wood decorated with oak leaves and acorns.
The very pretty Antiope was desired by Jupiter (Zeus) who took the form of a satyr to abuse her while she slept. Seeing herself pregnant and fearing the wrath of her father, Nyctaeus, she fled to Sicyone where King Epopeia married her.
But beyond mythology, we must see in this magnificent painting rather the portrait of a real person (not a tronie), the artist represented her under the features of Antiope surely because of her beauty, the commissioner is probably the husband or the lover?
As for the author, from the outset, we see a Nordic origin, mannerist, from the end of the 16th century, who knew how to emphasize the androgyny of the body with its drawn abdominal muscles and its just emerging breasts.
But if we detail only the face, a resemblance to the portraits of Gaspard Netcher is troubling, but for the rest of the composition nothing of his style.
So we can give this very attractive oil on copper to the workshop of :
Dirk de Quade van Ravesteyn (1565-1620)
Artist of Dutch origin, who around 1589 entered the service of Rudolf II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (his name appears in the court records). His presence in Prague is attested to until 1608. And his works show Nordic, Italian and perhaps French influences.
He must have apprenticed in the workshop of Frans Floris,
Dirck de Quade van Ravesteyn painted his first dated works in collaboration with Hans and Paul Vredeman de Vries, architectural painters.
Very good condition.
24 800 €