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A Musical Gathering at the Court of the Elector Karl Albrecht of Bavaria

Peter Jacob Horemans (Flemish, 1700–1776)
Oil on canvas
34 1/2 x 42 in. (87.6 x 106.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (right, on pedestal): P. Horemans. 1730
Giovanni Pertinax Morosini, Riverdale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (until d. 1908); his daughter, Giulia P. Morosini, Riverdale-on-Hudson (1908–d. 1932)
Palm Beach. Society of the Four Arts. "European Masters of the XVII and XVIII Centuries," January 13–February 5, 1950, no. 9.

Scottsdale. Arizona Art Association. "Paintings from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 22–March 21, 1954, no catalogue.

New York Cultural Center. "Antwerp's Golden Age," November 20–December 30, 1973, not in catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Eighteenth-Century Woman," December 12, 1981–September 5, 1982, unnumbered cat. (p. 51).

Michel N. Benisovich. "Belgian Painters of the XVIII Century in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Art in America 35 (July 1947), p. 214, fig. 4, erroneously illustrates it as "Autumn," by Jean Joseph Horemans the Younger.

Millia Davenport. The Book of Costume. New York, 1948, vol. 2, p. 721, no. 2010, ill.

Michel N. Benisovich. "Les peintres du XVIIIe siècle en Belgique au Metropolitan Museum de New-York." Revue belge d'archéologie et d'histoire de l'art 22, nos. 3–4 (1953), p. 196, fig. 9 [expanded version of Ref. Benisovich 1947], suggests that the standing figure to the right of the table may be a portrait of Elector Karl Albrecht of Bavaria.

A[lbert]. P. de Mirimonde. "Les sujets de musique dans la peinture Belge du XVIIIe siècle." Jaarboek van het Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (1967), pp. 249, 251, figs. 55, 56 (overall and detail), identifies the standing figure to the right of the table as Elector Karl Albrecht of Bavaria, based on comparison with a portrait by Vivien (Alte Pinakothek, Munich).

Johann Georg Prinz von Hohenzollern in Peter Jakob Horemans (1700–1776). Exh. cat., Alte Pinakothek. Munich, 1974, pp. 7, 9, 20, 25, 35, no. 7, pl. 1, calls it Horemans's earliest dated work; rejects the identification of the standing figure at right as Elector Karl Albrecht of Bavaria [see Refs. Benisovich 1953 and Mirimonde 1967].

Peter Volk. Letter to Walter Liedtke. July 1, 1981, suggests that the sculpture seen in this picture is closer to that executed in Antwerp by contemporaries of de Grof, such as Jan Claudius de Cock, rather than that of de Grof himself.

Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 105–7; vol. 2, pl. 47, considers it likely that the six principal figures and perhaps a few of the others are portraits.

Walter A. Liedtke. "Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum—II: Van Dyck, Jordaens, Brouwer, and Others." Tableau 6 (February 15, 1984), pp. 33–34.

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