The marriage of the Virgin; Joseph at l and the Virgin at r, their hands joined in front of a priest Pen and brown ink, touched with white


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: SL,5226.48

Additional IDs

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 1
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1437x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.2

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Philips Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Pieter Lastman (biographical details | all objects)
1662 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

The marriage of the Virgin; Joseph at left and the Virgin at right, their hands joined in front of a priest. c.1662

Pen and brown ink with brown wash, touched with white.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed, verso, down the right-hand side, in red chalk: 'p - ko -'.

Height: 211 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 22/27mm apart)
Width: 186 millimetres

Oil stains to left (especially lower left corner); a crease near lower left corner; other minor scuffs, stains and surface dirt; a dirt stain near the Virgin's nearer hand.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Philips Koninck, cat. no.2:
The design is distantly indebted to Dürer's woodcut of the same subject from his series depicting the 'Life of the Virgin' (Bartsch 82).[1]
A related sketch of the composition was formerly in the Isaacs collection.[2] Although the general arrangement of the figures is the same, this shows the officiating priest wearing a mitre and the drapery of all the figures is also altered. Another Rembrandt follower, perhaps basing himself on a lost sketch by Rembrandt, produced a comparable version of the subject, set in an interior.[3]
The ex-Isaacs drawing is signed and dated 1662 on the verso, and the present sheet must have been made at the same time. In style they reflect Van Dyck as much as Rembrandt. No other related work by Koninck is known.

[1] As was suggested by Valentiner, I, 1925, no.284, referring to the drawing in Washington mentioned below.
[2] Sumowski 1340; sold from the collection of Professor Dr J. Isaacs, London, Sotheby's, 12 March, 1963, lot 165.
[3] Washington, National Gallery of Art (Benesch C81). The Virgin in that drawing has been compared (Campbell, 1971, p.267, n.119) with Holbein's study of an 'English Woman' in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, that was copied by Rembrandt and influenced Oo,10.118. Its relationship with the present work is more distant.

London, 1915, p.81, no.1, repr. pl.XLVIII (attributes to P. Koninck; the drawing formerly given to Lastman); Stockholm, 1920, p.80 (compares 'Study Sheet with Sarah and Isaac' in Stockholm, inv.2010/1863 [Sumowski 99 as Bol]); Gerson, 1936, p.79, no.Z137 (groups with 1662 dated drawing of 'Nuns' in Haarlem, Teyler Museum, inv. P*21 [Sumowski 1338]); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1437x, repr. (relates to 1662 version from the Isaacs collection, Sumowski 1430).

marriage of virgin (all objects)

Associated names
Representation of Virgin Mary (biographical details | all objects)
Representation of St Joseph (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Sir Hans Sloane (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
In 1845 inventory as School of Rembrandt.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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