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Illuminated Manuscript Watercolour Painting of Charlemagne
  • Illuminated Manuscript Watercolour Painting of Charlemagne
  • Illuminated Manuscript Watercolour Painting of Charlemagne
  • Illuminated Manuscript Watercolour Painting of Charlemagne
  • Illuminated Manuscript Watercolour Painting of Charlemagne
  • Illuminated Manuscript Watercolour Painting of Charlemagne

Illuminated Manuscript Watercolour Painting of Charlemagne

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£2,500.00


Product Description

Artist: Unknown, after Antonio de Succa (1567-1620)
Subject: Charlemagne (748-814) or Carolus Magnus
Medium: Watercolour (and Bodycolour) on Vellum (laid on Glass Panel)
Date: 18th / 19th Century

This finely painted illustration, in the style of a medieval illuminated manuscript or a renaissance miniature, depicts the Frankish King Charlemagne, holding the orb and sceptre of state. His shield is adorned with the flag of the Carolingian Empire, the Frankish ‘fleur de lis’ on one side, the Roman Eagle on the other.

It is based on a woodblock print entitled ‘Carolus Magnus’ (Scottish National Gallery), which appears in a 1603 edition of Adrianus Barlandus' “Chroniques des ducs de Brabant.” The book credits a few different artists for its illustrations, including Antonio de Succa, Jan Collaert II, Otto van Veen and Hans Woutneel. We believe that this image was based on a drawing from Antonio de Succa’s ‘Costume Sketchbook’, now untraced, but known to us from copies made by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640).

Little is known of Antonio de Succa (1577-1620), though it would seem that he was based in Antwerp and mainly painted portraits. He is best known from the 'Costume sketchbook.’

Originally of 45 leaves, the ‘Costume Book’ featured a selection of pen and ink studies, sketches of monuments, paintings and tapestries, prints by German masters, drawings by European travellers in the Near East and Persian miniature paintings. The Frankish costumes are made after sixteenth-century printed books.

Charlemagne (748-814), from the Latin, Carolus Magnus, was a Frankish King who united many of the western provinces of the old Roman Empire and became the first recognised emperor since Romulus Augustulus (reigned 475-476).

The painting bears an old label “From | J.A Butti | Carver & Gilder | 1 Queen Street | Edinburgh.”James Alexander Butti (1830-1897), according to the Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory (1877-1878) “was a fine art collector and dealer in articles of vertu.” He was originally based at number 1 Queen Street, before moving to 7 Queen Street in the 1870s.

Size (Frame): 49 x 42.5 x 4.5 cm (19 ¼ x 16 ¾ x 2 ½inches)
Size (Image): 31 x 25cm (12 x 10inches)
Weight: 3.92kg

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