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Self-portrait of Lucas van Valckenborch with Georg Hoefnagel and Abraham Ortelius in a village feast
Valckenborch, Lucas van
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Valckenborch, Lucas van

Leuven (Belgium), 1535 - Frankfurt (Germany), 1597

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Self-portrait of Lucas van Valckenborch with Georg Hoefnagel and Abraham Ortelius in a village feast

1580 - 1590. Oil on panel. Not on display

This picture, acquired in 2000, is identical to another in the Hermitage (painting several versions of the same picture was a common practice at the time). The artist Pieter Stevens (1590-1668) owned a version of this picture (dated 1577 according to a document) in his house in Antwerp; it may be one of the two mentioned. In this crowded feast, a theme popularized by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525/1530-1569), we can distinguish in the foreground fashionably dressed men in urban clothes. They can be identified by comparing their faces to contemporary paintings or engravings. Lucas van Valckenborch is seen playing a pipe while the renowned artist Georg Hoefnagel (1542-1601) on the far left of the group, talks to a farmer. The geographer Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), author of the celebrated atlas Theatrum orbis terrarum (1570), converses with another villager behind the character who is gazing at the spectator while holding a small branch in his right hand. He has not yet been identified.

This painting celebrates the friendship between these men, who shared their interest in the arts and the culture of Antiquity. It has been said that a journey to Italy inspired this picture, but this is not certain. The painting is testimony of the influence of Peiter Bruegel the Elder´s longstanding influence and also of the social networks that existed at the time, based on the interest in the arts.

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Inventory number
P007746
Author
Valckenborch, Lucas van
Title
Self-portrait of Lucas van Valckenborch with Georg Hoefnagel and Abraham Ortelius in a village feast
Date
1580 - 1590
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
Height: 46 cm.; Width: 67.5 cm.
Provenance
Acquired to Jorge Fontana, 2000.

Bibliography +

Adquisiciones del año 2000, Museo del Prado: Memoria de Actividades, Madrid, 2000, pp. 43.

Obras adscritas al Museo Nacional del Prado en el año 2000, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XIX, 2001, pp. 204.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2555.
Nº de Inventario: 2555. / Autor Lucas van Valkenborch / Título: Kermesse en un paisaje rocoso / Tipo de Obra: Pintura. / Técnica y soporte: Óleo sobre tabla. / Medidas: 46 x 67'5 cms. Nº de catálogo: P-7746. / Observaciones. Adquirido por 37.000.000 pts. [Nota en el registro inferior] Adquirido por el estado / tras denegarse el / permiso de exportación / a D. Jorge Fontana

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Bagpipe: Gaita con un roncón unido a una gran bolsa de cuero, que porta una figura masculina en el centro del cuadro. El instrumento presenta entre seis y ocho agujeros digitales. Hay una clara alusión a lo pastoril y a lo popular en la presencia de estos instrumentos y su asociación a los demás objetos representados junto a ellos. La gaita es un instrumento muy representado en las escenas rurales francesas, flamencas y españolas desde los siglos XVI al XIX. A la izquierda del cuadro, bajo el gran árbol, otro músico interpreta una gaita similar. La gaita es un aerófono de lengüeta simple de la familia de los clarinetes: cornamusa de Europa Central. Está formada por un fuelle de piel, las montunas (especie de alveolos de madera donde se incrustan los tubos sonoros) y tres tubos de madera: el bordón, sin agujeros digitales; el tubo melódico o “caramillo”, de madera, con sección cilíndrica y lengüeta simple; y el soplete de entrada del aire.

Update date: 11-05-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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