The Calling of St. Matthew
Type of Object: Painting
Technique: oil on wood
Measurements: 69,5 x 101,5 cm
Date or Period: ca. 1530
Item used to belong to the following collections:
Current location of an object: Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Warsaw
Other Relevant Historical Information:

The painting’s former history is unknown. In literature its provenance is only being prompted with a not specified Silesian private collection and with the former Silesian Museum of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. With the unknown Silesian private collection was surely meant the collection of Emil Kaim. This painting was transferred to the museum in 1942, after its sequestration as a Jewish property in 1940, along with other artworks from the Emil Kaim’s possession, at the decree of the city’s president.

The painting, firstly regarded as a work by an unknown Netherlandish master, was afterwards attributed to Marinus van Roymersvale (Reymerswaele) and with such an attribution it was moved to Kamieniec Ząbkowicki (Kamenz in German). From there it was transferred in February 1946 to Warsaw, where it was devolved to the National Museum.

In the National Museum of Warsaw for some time the picture appeared as a work by Jan Sanders van Hemessen’s follower. In the latest issues it has been attributed to the follower of Reymerswaele called Marinus.

Related Written Material:

Jan Bialostocki. Malarstwo niderlandzkie w zbiorach polskich, 1960, p. 47
Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie. Catalogue of Paintings. Foreign Schools, 1969, No. 507

Marcel Roethlisberger, A propos d´un tableau du cercle Reymersvaele et Hemessen, "Bulletin du Musée National de Varsovie", VII (1966), No. 3

Authors of this entry:
  • Dr. Hans Joachim Hinz
Published on: 06 / 05 / 2011
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