Notice des Tableaux recouvrés par cette Ville sur les Objets d’art revenus de France, exposés au Musée.

1 p.l., 28 pp. Small 8vo (176 x 109 mm.), disbound, stitched. Antwerp: L. P. Delacroix, 1816.

The scarce, triumphant catalogue of paintings recovered from the French and exhibited in 1816 at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts — now known as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. The Academy was founded in 1663 by David Teniers the Younger. We locate no copy of this catalogue in North America.

Successive French occupations in the 1790s had led to the confiscation of Antwerp’s greatest cultural treasures from churches, museums, and private cabinets. A number of pictures by Rubens were among the spoliations. In the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon’s abdication, many, but not all, of the artworks that the French had seized in the course of their occupations of Italy, Belgium, and parts of Germany, were returned to their rightful owners.

This exhibition presented 48 restituted paintings and drawings. It included works originally housed in local churches. We find celebrated pictures such as Rubens’s The Descent from the Cross (Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp), Adoration of the Magi (formerly St. Michael’s Abbey, now Royal Museum), van Dyck’s The Lamentation over the Dead Christ (Royal Museum), etc. There are also several pictures by de Backer, Sallaert, C. de Vos, and Jordaens. Each listing is accompanied by a concise description and a note on from it had been taken.

Very good copy. On WorldCat, we could only find examples of this catalogue in European institutions.

Price: $400.00

Item ID: 7779