Frans Francken the Younger - St Veronica Passing Her Veil to Christ - image-1

Lot 2035 Dα

Frans Francken the Younger - St Veronica Passing Her Veil to Christ

Auction 1231 - overview Cologne
18.11.2023, 11:00 - Old Masters and 19th Century, Part I
Estimate: 30.000 € - 40.000 €
Result: 37.800 € (incl. premium)

Frans Francken the Younger

St Veronica Passing Her Veil to Christ

Oil on panel. 53.5 x 74 cm.

Frans Francken the Younger, who came from a wide-branched Antwerp family of artists, specialised early on in figure painting, which he executed with particular elegance and refinement. The present painting shows an imposing, almost overwhelming abundance of figures ascending to Mount Golgotha, although the main motif of St Veronica and Christ fallen under the cross still clearly forms the centre of the composition. On the left and right edges of the picture, we see several figures brought closer to the foreground, including two seated men with wide-brimmed hats on the left as well as two striding men with a child and several gesticulating figures on the right. They are attentively observing the dramatic scene of Christ falling under the cross as if it were presented on a stage, onto which the observer of the work is ultimately also looking and thus joins the crowd of spectators.
Francken's "special delight in multi-figured scenes" (Härting 1989, op. cit., p. 125) is evident in our excellently preserved painting. Ursula Härting dates the work between 1618 and 1621. It once belonged to the Hamburg architect Martin Haller, who was instrumental in the construction of the Hamburg City Hall as well as the Laeiszhalle and designed numerous other public buildings and representative villas for his home town.


Collection of the architect Martin Haller (1835-1925), Hamburg. - Inherited by his daughter Antonia Helene (Toni) O`Swald (1866-1949), Hamburg. - Inherited by her daughter Ilse Fabarius (1896-1979), Hamburg. - Since the 1950s private collection, Hamburg.


Ursula Härting: Studien zur Kabinettbildmalerei des Frans Francken II. 1581-1642. Ein repräsentativer Werkkatalog, Hildesheim, Zürich, New York 1983, No. A147 (=Studien zur Kunstgeschichte 21). - Ursula Härting: Frans Francken the Younger (1581-1642). Die Gemälde mit kritischem Œuvrekatalog, Freren 1989, p. 286, no. 204 (with ill.).