Master of the Würzburg Battle, follower of
BATTLE SCENE WITH LANDSQUENETS
Oil on panel (parqueted). 112 x 128 cm.
The painting depicts in its lower part another painting (oil on panel, 109 x 127 cm) by an unknown master, the original of which can be seen in the Martin von Wagner Museum in Würzburg, and painted by the Master of the Würzburg Battle. A date of 1514 should be approached with caution, in terms of style it has to be assigned to a South German artist circa 1525/1530. Similar to the original painting this work comprises of eight horizontal panels, it differs in its upper section however where it does not show a hilly landscape, but a landscape with a view of a town and castle with trees to the side that frame the composition. These elements reveal the hand of a painter from the Netherlands belonging to the circle of artists who went in exile to Frankenthal in the Palatinate (reference by Kurt Löcher, Cologne).
Private collection, France.- Private collection, North America.
About the painting in Würzburg cf. Karl Oettinger: Der Meister der Würzburger Schlacht. In: Pantheon 23, 1939, p. 89-94. - Exhibition catalogue: "Bayern - Kunst und Kultur", Munich 1972, p. 361, cat. no. 461, ill. no. 68. - "Martin von Wagner Museum der Universität Würzburg. Gemäldekatalog", Würzburg 1986, p. 125-126, cat. no. 315.