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Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
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Solomon and the Queen of Sheba


Hans I Rottenhammer (1564-1625)

Pen and ink (brown and grey), bodycolour (white), graphite on paper (light buff)

Width: 52 cm; Height: 51.5 cm;

Signed & dated & graphite, lower centre (on side of chest) & recto, 1604 / HR

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt Fund; purchase; 1960

About this work
Monogrammed and dated 1604, this exception¬ally large roundel is one of the finest drawings by the celebrated Bavarian painter Hans Rotten¬hammer, who established himself in Venice. Based on a print by Marcantonio Raimondi and influenced by Veronese’s festive style, the com¬position depicts the biblical en-counter between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, who journeyed from far with precious gifts to test the king’s legendary wisdom. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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