Allegory of the Battle at Selimbar (October 28, 1599)

Hans von Aachen (German, Cologne 1552–1616 Prague)

Pen and brown ink, brown and and red wash, over a sketch in red chalk
sheet: 9 7/16 x 9 15/16 in. (24 x 25.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, C. G. Boerner and Jean A. Bonna Gifts, 2008
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: At lower right in graphite: 'franceschini de Bologne' and '3' (two distinct 19th and 20th century handwritings).

    On the mount at the upper left in pen and brown ink '2310' (18th or 19th century handwriting); 'Franceschini da Bologna' in graphite (19th century handwriting).

    Verso: along the upper edge, 'Henri II de France - recoit [?] la courounne de Pologne|di Franceschini da Bologna Scolari di Cignani' in graphite (19th or 20th century handwriting); at the upper left '12' in graphite (20th century handwriting); at lower left 'Franceschini (Marc-Antoine)|1648-1729. Bologne' in graphite (20th century handwriting); below, '93' in graphite (20th century handwriting); below 'no. 6' in pen and brown ink (18th or 19th century handwriting); below '186' and '4/6' in graphite (20th century handwriting); along the lower edge, a sketch of a drawing mount and 'ouverture par le noir [?] (dans reste teinte Bristol grec' in graphite (19th or 20th century handwriting).

    Marking: At lower right: Marcou (Lugt 1911b)

  • Provenance

    Paul Frantz Marcou (1860–1932); Catherine Dumas ; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 23, 2007, lot 142 (as von Aachen); Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel , Munich

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dürer and Beyond: Early Central European Drawings in New York Collections," April 3, 2012–September 3, 2012.

  • References

    Joachim Jacoby Hans von Aachen, 1552-1615. Berlin, 2000.

    Stijn Alsteens, Freyda Spira Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400-1700 Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2012, cat. 63 (entry written by Stijn Alsteens); p. xi, xiv (introduction written by Stijn Alsteens); p. 142, ill.

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