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The Man of Sorrows

1597
Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Dutch (active Haarlem), 1562 - 1638
Cornelis van Haarlem was one of the leading painters working in the Dutch city of Haarlem around 1600. In this composition, the artist used traditional models for Christ’s face, but rendered his body in his own elegant style, giving Jesus a muscular and godlike physique that, in spite of the tortures he had already endured by this point, remains devoid of any signs of suffering or weakness. Rembrandt’s realism forms a sharp contrast to the work of his artistic predecessors in Holland....

Object Details
Sale, Johanna Ghys, widow of Pieter Anthony Bonenfant, Zoeterwoude, Netherlands, April 19, 1775, no. 31; purchased by Yver [1]. Sale, Christie's, London, February 9, 1925, no. 111; purchased by Moore [2]. Sale, Frederik Muller & Co., Directie: Mensing & Zoon, Amsterdam, February 25-28, 1941, no. 22 (as "Christus als lijdensman") [3]. Sale, Christie's, London, April 9, 1965, no. 6 (as "Christ with the Cross") [4]; purchased by Bowden (probably a dealer) [5]. Sale, Christie's, London, February 10, 1967, no. 170; purchased by Richard Feigen Gallery (stock nos. 3385-B and 12514-E), Chicago and New York; sold to Dr. and Mrs. Richard Levy, New Orleans, October 15, 1968 [6]; gift to PMA, 1968.1. Buyer name from Pieter J. J. van Thiel, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, 1562-1638: A Monograph and Catalogue Raisonné, Doornspijk, 1999, no. 92a. Possibly the auctioneer P. Yver.2. According to van Thiel (as in n. 1); see also letter from van Thiel to Richard Feigen, dated April 26, 1967 (copy in curatorial file). 3. Anton W. M. Mensing (1866-1936) was the director and owner of the auction house Frederik Muller & Cie; after his death he was succeeded by his son Ben.4. For the preceding provenance see Pieter J. J. van Thiel, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, 1562-1638: A Monograph and Catalogue Raisonné, Doornspijk, 1999, no. 92a.5. Buyer name from price list. According to the RKD Images database (no. 807), Bowden was an art dealer.6. Information per Ann Guite of Richard L. Feigen & Co. (communication of June 6, 2007, in curatorial file).

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