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Battle Scene

Artist:
Johannes Lingelbach (Dutch, Frankfurt 1622–1674 Amsterdam)
Date:
1671
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
44 3/8 x 63 1/4 in. (112.7 x 160.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1871
Accession Number:
71.23
Not on view
Forthcoming
Inscription: Signed and dated (bottom center, on tree trunk): I / LIN[G]ELBACH / fe / 1671
?Fürst Alois Wenzel Kaunitz, Vienna; ?by descent to Martin, comte Cornet de Ways Ruart, Brussels (until d. 1870); [Étienne Le Roy, Brussels, through Léon Gauchez, Paris, until 1870; sold to Blodgett]; William T. Blodgett, Paris and New York (1870–71; sold half share to Johnston); William T. Blodgett, New York, and John Taylor Johnston, New York (1871; sold to MMA)
New York. American Federation of the Arts. "Little Masters in 17th Century Holland and Flanders (circulating exhibition)," 1954–57, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.

Catalogue of the Pictures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, No. 681 Fifth Avenue, in the City of New York. [New York], 1872, p. 27, no. 49, as "Sobieski defeating the Turks before Vienna"; states that it formerly belonged to Prince Kaunitz; provides a facsimile of the inscription.

Emil Kegel. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: New-York, das Metropolitan-Museum." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 7 (1884), pp. 461–62.

F[ritz von]. Harck. "Berichte und Mittheilungen aus Sammlungen und Museen, über staatliche Kunstpflege und Restaurationen, neue Funde: Aus amerikanischen Galerien." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 11 (1888), p. 76.

Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. Ed. Hans Vollmer. Vol. 23, Leipzig, 1929, p. 252.

Catja Burger-Wegener. Letter to Mrs. de Ranitz. June 12, 1971, notes that the subject is rare in Lingelbach's oeuvre, since he preferred to depict sea battles; stresses the influence of Wouwermans; mentions Lingelbach's liking for depicting exotic people and costumes; wonders if the smoking mountain in the background could be Mount Vesuvius.

Catja Burger-Wegener. "Johannes Lingelbach, 1622–1674." PhD diss., Freie Universität, Berlin, 1976, pp. 149–50, 338, no. 224, calls it a battle between Turks and Christians; suggests that the round tower in the background is the Castel Sant'Angelo and that the volcano at right is Mount Vesuvius; compares it with works by Salvator Rosa.

Katharine Baetjer. "Buying Pictures for New York: The Founding Purchase of 1871." Metropolitan Museum Journal 39 (2004), pp. 197, 202, 245, appendix 1A no. 49, ill.

Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 428–29, no. 107, colorpl. 107.



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