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This artwork, Elegant Figures overseeing Sculptors working on a Statue of Hercules and Anateus in a Palace Courtyard by Balthasar van den Bossche, is currently for sale at Rafael Valls Limited.
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Balthasar van den Bossche, Elegant Figures overseeing Sculptors working on a Statue of Hercules and Anateus in a Palace Courtyard
 
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TITLE:  Elegant Figures overseeing Sculptors working on a Statue of Hercules and Anateus in a Palace Courtyard
ARTIST:  Balthasar van den Bossche (Flemish, 1681–1715)
WORK DATE:  1709
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Oil on Canvas
MARKINGS:  Signed and dated 1709
SIZE:  h: 66.5 x w: 86 cm / h: 26.2 x w: 33.9 in
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Rafael Valls Limited  +44 (0)20 7930 1144  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Van den Bossche's favoured subjects for sculptor's and artist's studios were usually copies of classical stautes or one of the many stories surrounding Hercules. These were usually admired by smartly dressed conoisseurs who look arrogantly at what is in fron of them. A painting in the Hermitage shows a similar loggia but the scultpure is of Hercules and the Nemean Lion.

Anateus was a giant who drew his strength from Gaia, mother earth. Having been challenged by Anateus, Hercules fought him but could not throw him off. He eventually realised his secret and held him off the ground until his strength had drained from him. He then killed him.

PROVENANCE:  Comtesse M.Th. de la Béraudière
Her sale American Art Association, New York, 11-12 Dec 1930, Lot 62
Sale Weinmuller, Munich, April 1970, Lot 666
German Private Collection
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