Bust of Jacob van Reygersberg (1625 - 1675)

Object Details

Title:

Bust of Jacob van Reygersberg (1625 - 1675)

Artist/Maker(s):

Rombout Verhulst (Dutch, 1624 - 1698)

Culture:

Dutch

Place(s):

Netherlands (Place created)

Date:

1671

Medium:

Marble

Dimensions:

63 x 57 x 33 cm (24 13/16 x 22 7/16 x 13 in.)

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Although represented in the artificial format of a bust, cut off at mid-chest, the marble statue of Jacob van Reygersberg nevertheless strikes the viewer with its extraordinary realism. The sculptor Rombout Verhulst conveyed the figure's motion and spontaneity through the twisted head, furrowed brow, and pursed lips. Verhulst's facility in differentiating textures–Van Reygersberg's shield has a smooth hardness, his cravat a lacy delicacy, and his skin an unusual, satiny texture-heightens the realism. Decorative scrolls, which also lead the viewer's gaze up toward the subject's face, is soften the figure's sudden truncation at mid-chest.

Jacob van Reygersberg was a wealthy provincial politician who had recently been sent to the States General, the national governing body of the Netherlands, to represent the Dutch province of Zeeland. His armor identifies him as a member of the noble class.

Provenance
by 1900

Unknown, probably sold to the Lebaudy family, about 1900.

about 1900 - 1984

Collection Lebaudy (Paris, France) [sold, Hôtel Drouot, Dessins et tableaux anciens, objets d'art et de très bel ameublement, June 6, 1984, lot 39, to Alain Moatti.]

1984

Alain Moatti (Paris, France), sold to Same Art Ltd., 1984.

1984

Same Art Ltd., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
The Glory of the Golden Age (April 15 to September 17, 2000)
  • Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam), April 15 to September 17, 2000
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