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 Mielich, Hans (German miniaturist, 1516-1573) , The Conversion of St Eustace (or Hubert)

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Title The Conversion of St Eustace (or Hubert)
Alternative Title The Legend of St Hubert (1855)
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Mielich, Hans (German miniaturist, 1516-1573)
Previously attributed to manner of Cranach, Lucas, the elder (German painter, draftsman, and printmaker, 1472-1553)
Previously attributed to Altdorfer, Albrecht (German painter and printmaker, ca. 1480-1538)
Date Earliest probably about 1535
Date Latest probably about 1540
Description The miraculous appearance of a stag with a crucifix between its horns is a pious legend attached to the lives of both St Eustace (a Roman soldier martyred probably under the Emperor Hadrian) and St Hubert (Bishop of Maastricht and Liege). Both, as a result of this event, were converted to Christianity. The Munich painter Hans Mielich situates the scene under a huge fir tree in a fanciful rocky northern landscape. In style, but also in details, for example the dog in the foreground, he is closely following Albrecht Dürer's engraving of the same subject of about 1501.
Current Accession Number 205
Subject religion
Measurements 55.9 x 41.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Principal Exhibitions Exhibition of Early German Art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1906, cat. p. 101, cat. no. 48, repr., as School of Regensburg; German Art 1400-1800 from Collections in Great Britain, Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, 1961, cat. no. 83, as Hans Mielich.
Publications The McLellan Gallery: Catalogue of Pictures Bequeathed to the People of Glasgow by the late Archibald McLellan, Glasgow, 1855, p. 12, 'Centre Room: German Pictures', no. 129, as 'The Legend of St. Hubert, Copy from Alber Durer'; Waagen, G. F., Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain ... Forming a Supplemental Volume to the Treasures of Art in Great Britain, London, 1857, p. 461, as by Altdorfer; Armstrong, W., 'The Corporation Gallery of Glasgow', Magazine of Art, 1890, p. 96 (engraving), as by Altdorfer; Friedländer, M. J., 'Die Ausstellung altdeutscher Kunst im Burlington Fine Arts Club zu London. Sommer 1906', Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft, vol. 29, 1906, p. 587, as School of Regensburg; Friedländer, M. J., in Thieme, U. and F. Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künste, 1907-50, vol. 1, 1907, under Altdorfer, as not an authentic work by him; Röttger, B. H., Der Maler Hans MielichDutch and Flemish Netherlandish and German Paintings, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums, 1961, vol. 1, text, p. 38-39, vol. 2. illustrations, p. 113, as 'Style of Lucas Cranach I'; Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum: The Building and the Collections: with an Introduction by Alasdair A. Auld, London and Glasgow, 1987, pp. 112-13, ill. 2, as Mielich.

Small old label on back in ink '4'; in ink on back of frame '135'.

In older gallery catalogues also entitled The Conversion of St Hubert.

H. Miles (Dutch and Flemish Netherlandish and German Paintings, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums, 1961, p. 39) wrote about this picture: 'The (possibly fairly recent) author of this composition may have had in mind Dürer's engraving of the same subject, ca. 1501 (Bartsch, No. 57). For a painting of the subject by Cranach, in the Liechtenstein collection, see M. J. Friedländer & J. Rosenberg, Cranach, 1932, No. 95, repr.'. The recent attribution is due to Röttger, who suggested a date of about 1538, since the picture fits in style between a St. Jerome of 1536 (Munich) and a Crucifixion of 1538 (Madrid, Academia di S. Fernando).

In older gallery catalogues as Altdorfer.

Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Heiner Krellig



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