An absolutely exquisite reverse painting on glass from the last quarter of the 18th century. This SMALL work of 18th century art is all complete; housed within its original fruitwood and parcel gilt frame. Please do not confuse this with the beautiful Georgian reverse prints on glass from this same period. This art work would have been painted in the Augsburg area of Bavaria (Germany) in the 1770 period. This area famous for its reverse glass painters.
The skill required to create a reverse painting on a sheet of striated, bubbled glass is quite remarkable. There is no room for errors, unlike painting on canvas. The technique is exacting, just study the many, many layers of thinly applied paint to create this translucent yet highly textural effect. The delicate color palette is exceptional with the warm hues of the setting sun radiating through the sky. There is no bright, jarring color scheme....this treasure just glows effortlessly.
The scene depicts the well known Old Testament story of the Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael by Abraham. See the same subject expressed by Lucas Van Leyden (1516), Martin De Vos (1562-63), Gerard De Jode (1585) and Jan Victors (1635). This scene was also very popular for embroiderers of the 17th century.
Size: Frame 11.25" x 9" (28.5 cm x 23 cm), painting 9.5" x 7.25" (24.3 cm x 18.5 cm)
Condition. This example is free from flaking (as is so commonly found with the reverse painting technique). This painting is over 240 years of age and so there will be the odd teeny shrinkage line to the paint but nothing at all serifs or noticeable.
Such examples are becoming very rare and highly sought after. This is a museum worthy example.
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