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 Balen, Hendrik van, I (Flemish painter, 1575-1632) , Justice and Peace

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Title Justice and Peace
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Balen, Hendrik van, I (Flemish painter, 1575-1632)
Previously attributed to school of Rottenhammer, Hans, I (German painter, 1564-1625)
Previously attributed to Floris, Frans, the elder (Flemish painter and printmaker, ca. 1519-1570)
Date Earliest about 1600
Date Latest about 1609
Description The frame is rounded at the top corners. Two female figures sit side by side in a forest setting. The figure on left, in light blue, holds a sword upright in her right hand while that on the right, in a red dress with yellow drapery, bears a palm frond in her left hand. Above them is a winged cherub bearing a wreath of flowers.
Current Accession Number 119
Former Accession Number 168 (1855)
Subject religion (Psalms 84.2, 85.11); figure
Measurements 27.6 x 17.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal (copper)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Provenance Possibly anon. sale, Sotheby's, Oxenham, London, 14-18 January 1834, lot 213, as 'F. Floris. Justice and Peace, fine, in carved frame', bought by Coate, 3.1s.; sold by John Smith, dealer, London, 12 May 1846, as 'A small picture, arch top, of Justice & Mercy, two females seated in a landscape, one holding a branch, the other a sword, while an infant with a wreath of glory hovers above by van Balen', to Archibald McLellan, 5
Publications McLellan Catalogue, Glasgow, 1855, p. 8, no. 168, as by Frans Floris; Waagen, G., Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain, London, 1857, p. 459 (wrongly as no.59), as not by F. Floris; Miles, H., Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in the Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow, 1961, I, pp. 116-117, no. 119, II, p. 116, as by a follower of Hans Rottenhammer I, 'perhaps van Balen'; Jost, I, 'Hendrick van Balen, des Altere', Het Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, 14, 1963, p. 92, & no. 48; Werche, B., Hendrick van Balen (1575-1632), Turnhout, 2004, I, pp. 213-214, no. A190, as 1600s, 58; II, no. 456.
Notes Arched top. I. Jost 1965 (file note): by H. van Balen I.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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