Auction 977, Old Masters, 14.05.2011, 00:00, Cologne Lot 1052

Netherlandish School, mid-17th century, PORTRAIT OF AN FORTRESS ARCHITECT

 Netherlandish School, PORTRAIT OF AN FORTRESS ARCHITECT, Auction 977 Old Masters, Lot 1052

Netherlandish School, mid-17th century

PORTRAIT OF AN FORTRESS ARCHITECT

Oil on canvas (relined). 118,5 x 111,5 cm.

Provenance

From an old German private collection.

The female figure standing next to the architect, holding a plummet in her right hand and an artillery calculator in her left is to be interpreted as an allegory of fortress architecture. The star-shaped building depicted on the plan in the man's hands is a further indication that the sitter is a fortress architect.

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