Late 16th century Flemish follower of Quinten Massys
Suppliants in the office of two tax collectors
Oil on canvas : 79,5 X 84,5 cm
Frame : 103,3 X 108,5 cm
This composition belongs to the caricature or grotesque paintings made by Massys holding striking original faces with a deeper satirical meaning.
There is no fully autograph painting by Massys known of this composition.
Two very good versions are given to the workshop of Massys by Dr. Larry Silver of the University of Pennsylvania and by Dr. Maximiliaan Martens of the University of Ghent:
- one from the Doria Pamphilj Collection in Rome;
- a slightly better and more complete version sold at Christie’s London, 7/07/09. Both experts thinks that the Master himself might have been involved in the invention and possibly in the execution of this painting.
As to the prototype of our composition, it could have been a lost/destroyed painting, or a drawing or a cartoon made by Massys.
Price : on request