Nicolas Colombel
(French, 1644-1717)
Portrait of a Woman as Flora
Oil on canvas
Signed N. Colombel p. and dated 1701 (?) l.c.

  • Per Karen Chastagnol, this is likely the painting exhibited at the Salon of 1704 [ Liste des tableaux et des ouvrages de sculpture...en 1704] as Une Flore accompagnée de filles et d'enfants
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, Old Master Paintings, November 7, 1985, lot 38
    C. G. Sloan, Washington, DC

    Property from the Collection of Jill D. Sachs

    We would like to thank Karen Chastagnol, who published this painting in her catalogue raisonné of Colombel in 2012, for her kind assistance cataloging this work:

    "Though known only through its color photographic reproduction, [Chastagnol] recognizes here a painting by the hand of the artist. Here the figure takes up that of Diana in the Portrait of a Lady in the guise of Diana returning from the hunt of 1698 (Matthiesen Gallery, London). This portrait shows a woman represented under the features of Flora but the identity of the model remains unknown. This motif is taken from an antique model disseminated by the series engraved by Otho Vaenius of the Amorum Emblemata (1608), which illustrates under the features of the putti various maxims: Nocet osse locutum."

  • Dimensions:
  • 29-1/4 x 32-1/2 in (74 x 82.5 cm)
  • Artist Name:
  • Nicolas Colombel
  • Literature:
  • Liste des tableaux et des ouvrages de sculpture exposés dans la grande galerie du Louvre par messieurs les Peintres et Sculpteurs de l'academie royale en 1704, Paris, 1704
    Karen Chastagnol, Nicolas Colombel (1644-1717), L'Idéal et la Grâce, Paris, 2012, no. P43
  • Medium:
  • Oil on canvas
  • Condition:
  • Under black light: with scattered restoration especially in the leg of the kneeling figure in the foreground, relined, overall with craquelure, restoration to frame abrasion visible on surface, with scattered pinprick points of loss

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