1605 Renaissance Painting ABEL GRIMMER Oil on Board OLD MASTERS Masterpiece

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Seller: collector1611 (357) 92.3%, Location: Munford, Alabama, Ships to: US, Item: 262618828890 Church Interior Abel Grimmer (c. 1570 – Antwerp – c. 1620) Oil on panel, 58 x 65 cm Provenance Lempertz, Cologne, 15. May 2014, No. 1128 An important original work by a leading Renaissance artist, this masterpiece is one of the most recognizable period paintings by Abel Grimmer. Works by the Old Masters are enjoying a resurgence in recent years and paintings by Grimmer are increasing in demand. One of his works recently sold at auction for just under $300,000. His "Tower of Babel," painted during the same time period as the present work, commanded an impressive $975,000 at auction in 2013. This listing offers the opportunity to secure a well known artwork by a significant Renaissance artist at an affordable price. This architectural painting depicts a gothic interior of a three-nave church. Grimmer employs a viewpoint which is higher than normal and which is slightly shifted to the right. The interior is characterized by numerous architectural elements, statuary, stained glass, an early organ and pulpit. Abel Grimmer was born in Antwerp c. 1570. He learned the art of painting from his father, the Flemish Renaissance landscape painter Jacob Grimmer (c. 1526 – 1590). He married Catharina Lescornet on 29 September 1591, before becoming a master in the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke in 1592. Abel Grimmer is mainly known for his landscape paintings. These small paintings of country scenes, often form part of a series, such as the Four Seasons or the Months of the Year. Some of these were inspired by Pieter Bruegel I and Hans Bol. The painting is listed in the RKD, The Hague, as autograph work by Abel Grimmer. Church interiors were a popular subject in the Netherlands during the late 16th and the 17th century. The present painting is a representative example of both the large output of architectural paintings representing church interiors and of the taste in architectural paintings in the last quarter of the 16th century. Abel Grimmer had a great interest in architecture, illustrated by his drawings of church interiors. This painting demonstrates Grimmers’s deep interest in perspective and the skilful depiction of light underlines the virtuosity of the artist. His main interest was to portray the interior space. This is the reason why artists, such as Frans Francken II., often painted the figures in Grimmer’s paintings. The present painting was executed very detailed, using fine brushes. The colour tones are bright and colourful. It is a unique example of his work as Grimmer did not include any figures. His interest is the depiction of architecture and the atmosphere. There are only two paintings which may be compared, although they both are composed in horizontal format and both include staffage. (Church Interior with procession, dated “1589”, oil on panel, 35,5 x 46 cm, Floris van Wanroij.; Graimmer together with Sebastian Vrancx, church interior, oil on panel, 65 x 82 cm, Sotheby’s London, 7. June 2000, No. 119) The present painting is characteristic for Grimmer’s architectural oeuvre. It is unique with its composition and its highly detailed execution. Works by Grimmer can be found in prestigious museums and private collections in London, Paris, New York, Brussels, Antwerp and around the world. Further Reading Bertier de Sauvigny, Reine de : Jacob et Abel Grimmer. Catalogue Raisonné , Brüssel 1991 Original/Reproduction: Original, Painting Surface: Wood, Artist: Abel Grimmer, Framed/Unframed: Framed, Size Type/Largest Dimension: Large (Greater than 30in.), Medium: Oil, Date of Creation: Pre-1800, Listed By: Collector, Features: Framed

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