Old Master and Related Works Online Auction

April 30, 2015

LOT 37

Lot 37

After Alexander Cabanel (1823 -1889)

After Alexander Cabanel (1823 -1889)
Lot 37 Details
After Alexander Cabanel (1823 -1889), French


Oil on canvas; bears initial “C” lower left. A late 19th Century copy.
31" x 52.5" — 78.7 x 133.4 cm.

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $2,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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After Alexander Cabanel (1823 -1889)
  • After Alexander Cabanel (1823 -1889)
  • After Alexander Cabanel (1823 -1889)
  • After Alexander Cabanel (1823 -1889)

Purchased from a Collection, London, United Kingdom in 1962 as recorded on the typed label verso;
Robert Deveau Galleries, (Deveau Auctioneers, Toronto);
From whom purchased by the late father of the present Private Collection, Toronto in the 1980s.


The two sales of other paintings with this title are cited in E. Benezit, “Dictionnaire Des Peintres, Sculpteurs; Dessinateurs et Graveurs”, Vol. 2, p. 433, 1976 edition as “Michel-Ange dans son atelier“


The original painting, now untraced, was exhibited in the Salon, 1857, as “Michelangelo in His Studio Visited by Pope Julius II”


Two sales of paintings of this title by Cabanel were sold at auction: one at Sotheby & Co., London, 29 April, 1931, lot 60 (being smaller 23” x 38”) and another canvas sold at Hotel Drouot, Paris, Sale No. 10, on 10 November, 1943, lot 65 measuring 29 x 48 cm. with both sales differing in size.

It is likely that this copy was executed from the much smaller print, hand-coloured with gouache and gum arabic executed by Pierre Castan, now in the Musee Goupil in Bordeaux, measuring 17” x 29 3/8” and published by Adolphe Goupil, the art dealer and publisher that commissioned the original lost canvas.

Cabanel turned from religious subjects to literary and historical themes in the late 1850s. In 1857, he exhibited three works in the Salon including the original canvas of this work.

The art dealer and publisher Adolphe Goupil commissioned the original painting with the goal of publishing a series of prints devoted to the lives of the great masters. Cabanel paid tribute to Michelangelo, whose work so moved him in Rome and whom he called “my sublime master.” Cabanel represented Michelangelo seated in thought, mallet and chisel in hand, contemplating his unfinished sculpture of Moses. Around him are other sculptures in various states of finish and an imaginary painted grisaille study for a group of angels in The Last Judgment. The Pope and several cardinals, greeted by a bowing servant, are approaching through a door on the right.


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LOT 37

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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