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Lot 36 - *Monogrammiste DLW *** actif probablement dans le sud-est de l'Allemagne en 1571 Le [...]
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*Monogrammiste DLW *** actif probablement dans le sud-est de l'Allemagne en 1571
Le transport de l'Arche de l'Alliance
Panneau, dessus d'épinette
48 x 196 cm
Monogrammé et daté à droite DLW / 1571 sur l'arbre, et en chiffre romain au-dessus du portique
Monogramist DLW *** Likely active in south-eastern Germany in 1571
The Transport of the Ark of the Covenant
Pannel, spinet lid
48 x 196 cm
Monogrammed and dated on the right: DLW / 1571
The panel was originally a lid for a spinet—a small, portable harpsichord that could be placed on a table for playing, and whose cords where placed obliquely to make the instrument easier to handle. The panel faced the inside of the spinet and could only be seen when the instrument was open, typically when in use. The subject of the panel is in direct relationship to the musical function of the spinet.
The scene on the panel represents the procession of King David, himself a skilled musician and author of psalms. His life is the subject of the first and second Book of Samuel, and the first Book of Kings. The figure of David is first linked to music in the Old Testament, when, still a shepherd, he passes his days playing the lyre while watching his herd or playing it for King Saul. He is therefore represented holding his harp and is accompanied by his suite, who play ancient instruments, such as golden horns and lyres. There are also musicians in the procession playing contemporary instruments, such as the viola de gamba or the tambourine. The musical theme is also represented on the stone pillars, which bear realistic depictions of instruments and cases, such as the luth—easily recognized by the folds of its leather cover—, or even the flute case, with its multiple compartments for instruments of different tonalities, designed to be played together.
The procession accompanies the Ark of the Covenant as it enters Jerusalem, the city chosen by David as capital upon his coronation. This episode from the Old Testament heralds an era of opulence for Jerusalem and for the house of David, as indicated by the pomegranate, symbol of prosperity (depicted alternatively with bells on the robes of the high priest, and at the center of the garlands decorating the buildings).
On the reverse, the panel was ornamented with false ironwork to imitate a closed chest when the spinet was not beinh used, and therefore closed. The difference in the richness of the style of the front and back was intentional and served to further increase the sense of wonder in the spectator when the spinet was open, amplifying the pleasure of the music being played.
An example of a later spinet lid (1619) can be found at the German National Museum in Nuremberg Die Gemälde des 17. Jahrhunderts in Ger- manischen Nationalmuseum, by Andreas Tacke, p.377). It is also made up of two separate planks, and it depicts a group of young musicians in a garden, with a spinet being played on a table in the foreground.
Estimate: 70,000 / 90,000 €
Thème : Peintures et dessins