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Wolfgang Heimbach

Winter Landscape with Skaters and Colf Players on a river, by Wolfgang Heimbach (1613 - after 1678)

An extremely rare early German painter. Heimbach was mostly active in seventeenth Century Denmark. He was Court painter to the Count Oldenburg. During the years 1640-1651 he worked in Italy for the noble houses of Doria Pamphli and the Medici. Between 1653 and 1662/1663 he served as Court Painter to King Frederik III of Denmark-Norway.His landscapes and topographical works are very rare indeed. The most famous being the homage to Frederik III in 1660 in which the artist is in the foreground. He specialised in fine portraits and interiors.

The current work is the only Winterscene by him known to date. Two views of Venice, Carnival in a Westphalian Private Collection and another Carnival in Venice in Baron von Landsberg's collection in Drensteinfurt, show the same perspective, cloud formations and many figures leaning out of windows, the latter painting also has a large format, canvas 127 x 232,3 cm.

Oil on Canvas. 81.5 x 115 cm. Inscribed lower left: Gio... Heimbach (Pit)... fecit / Anno domini 16...
This form of signature is so rare that according to documents it only appears in a letter written to the Duc of Toscany when Heimbach was living in Italy and working for the noble homes of Doria Pamphili and the Medici (1640-1651). It is presumed that a later restorer must have followed the remains of the signature.
Conservation note: Treatment to the sky to repair abbried areas where necessary.

We are grateful to Dr. Christian Moesbach for his contribution of this entry

• Private European Collection

• Tefaf, 2015. David Koetsier Gallery, Zürich

Bron: Chris Teulings

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