Studio of Frans Pourbus the Elder (Bruges 1545/6 - 1581 Antwerp), The meeting of David and Abigail
oil on panel. 101.8 by 157.2 cm. Est. 8,000—12,000 EUR
NOTE: This is a studio version of the original by Pourbus in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (inv. no. 1096) 1, which can be dated around 1570/80. Another version of this painting by Christiaen Jansz. van Bieselingen (circa 1557/8-1600), on loan to the Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, since 1909, shows the exact same composition, but is inferior in quality to the present painting.
1. See M. Haja (ed.), Die Gemäldegalerie des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, Vienna 1991, plate 352, no. 1096.
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