Flemish baroque painting reaches ten times reserve at auctionSunday, 30 September 2018 13:17
According to auctioneer Thierry Pomez, the work had been in the possession of a local family for some years, and had attracted the attention of possible buyers. However the final price was a surprise. The identity of buyer and seller were not revealed.
Francken (1581-1642) was from a family of painters – 11 in all – active in the 16th and 17th centuries. He was trained in Rome, and specialised in Biblical and allegorical scenes. He became a member of the St. Lucas guild in Antwerp in 1605, and later presided the organisation.
His works are normally cabinet works of smaller format; the Crossing of the Red Sea is unusually large for him: 2.1m by 1.5m. The last major sale of one of his works was also larger format: The Eternal Dilemma of Man between Virtue and Sin, a crowded work depicting Paradise and Hell from 1633 was sold to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for €7 million.
His Allegory on the Abdication of the Emperor Charles V in Brussels can be seen in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
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