Antwerp School around 1520/1525 - The Virgin on the Crescent Crowned by Angels
Antwerp School around 1520/1525
The Virgin on the Crescent Crowned by Angels
Oil on panel. 52 x 37 cm.
Julius Böhler's original ascription of this work to the circle of Ambrosius Benson was based on the motif of the Virgin floating above a landscape accompanied by two angels. The same motif was used in a triptych depicting the assumption of the Virgin to the central panel, the whereabouts of which are currently unknown (Friedländer, op. cit., no. 233), and a depiction of the Virgin and Child in the Louvre (ibid., no. 270). However, although the motif of this work speaks for an attribution to Benson's circle, the same cannot be said of the style. The beautiful, expansive landscape in the lower register is stylistically closer to the Antwerp school than that of Bruges.
Julius Böhler, Munich. - 700th Lempertz auction, 14.5.1994, lot 3. - Private collection, Rhineland.
Cf.: M. J. Friedländer: Die Altniederländische Malerei, 2nd ed., Leiden 1974, vol. XI, no. 233, illus. 157.