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Head study of an old woman with a veil, formerly identified as Maria Pypelinckx, the artist"s mother, looking down in profile to the left by Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens

Head study of an old woman with a veil, formerly identified as Maria Pypelinckx, the artist"s mother, looking down in profile to the left

oil on panel
39.7 x 34 cm (15.63 x 13.38 in)
paintings

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ImageSale dateTitleAuction houseLocationSale nameLot No.EstimatePrice SoldCondition
Jan 31, 2024
Head study of an old woman with a veil, formerly identified as Maria Pypelinckx, the artist"s mother, looking down in profile to the leftChristie'sNew YorkOld Masters7
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Artwork description

Category
paintings
Dimensions
39.7 x 34 cm (15.63 x 13.38 in)
Materials
oil on panel
Signature
with stamp "MV" on the reserve of the panel
Provenance
Sir Peter Paul Rubens, at his house and studio on the Wapper (now the Rubenshuis Museum), Antwerp, painted from the life for use in the studio, probably kept with other head studies and modelli in the master"s so-called cantoor , until 1640, when possibly recorded in his posthumous inventory amongst "A parcel of Faces made after the life, vppon bord and Cloth as well by sr Peter Rubens as van dyke". (Possibly) with Matthijs Musson, Antwerp, 1640. (Possibly) Abel-François Poisson de Vandières, marquis de Marigny de Menars (1727-1781), Hôtel de Marigny, Paris, by 1781. Private collection, France, and sold, Anonymous sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 29 September 2023, lot 36 as Flemish school circa 1620 studio of the Peter Paul Rubens, Private collection, Brussels, acquired from the above, from whence acquired by the present owner.
Literature
(Possibly) Specification des peintvres trovvees a la maison mortvaire dv fev Messire Pierre Pavl Rvbens, Chevalier, &c. , Antwerp, 1640, amongst "Vne quantité des visages au vif, sur toile, & fonds de bois, tant de Mons. Rubens, que de Mons. Van Dyck". (Possibly) "An Inventory of Pictures found in the howse of the late Sir Peter Paul Rubens Knt: after his death", letter sent by Sir Balthazar Gerbier to Charles I on 14 July 1640, MS, London, Courtauld Institute of Art, amongst "A parcel of Faces made after the life, vppon bord and Cloth as well by sr Peter Rubens as van dyke". (Possibly) Proc è s verbal d"inventaire apr è s le décès de M. Abel-François Poisson de Vandières, marquis de Marigny et de Menars , Paris, 1781-1783, p. 115, no. 0757 as "Le portrait de la Mère de Rubens Coiffée d"un bonnet de Toile prise Trente Six Liv. cy 36".
Description
SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS (SIEGEN 1577-1640 ANTWERP) Head study of an old woman with a veil, formerly identified as Maria Pypelinckx, the artist"s mother, looking down in profile to the left oil on panel original panel: 13 ½ x 11 ¼ in. (34.3 x 28.7 cm.) panel including later extensions: 15 5/8 x 13 3/8 in (39.7 x 34 cm.) with stamp "MV" on the reserve of the panel

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