"Johann Heiss (memmingen 1640 - Augsburg 1704), The Death Of Gazabele Queen Of Israel"Johann Heiss (Memmingen 1640 - Augsburg 1704)
Death death of Queen Gazabele, with Jehu, the new king of Israel, who triumphantly enters the city of Jezreel
oil on canvas
95 x 152 cm.
framed 166 x 110 cm.
Details of the work (https://www.antichitacastelbarco.it/it/prodotto/morte-regina-gazabele-johann-heiss):
The painting depicts the biblical episode, taken from the Second Book of the Kings, which sees the death of the queen of Israel Gazabele, thrown from the royal palace at the hands of the servants of the new ruler Jehu, whom we see victorious entering the court.
Gazebele, the ambitious wife of King Ahab of Israel, remains a widow after the death of her husband in battle; the two sons succeed on the throne, but in spite of himself, the firstborn Ahaziah dies from a fall while the second, Ioram, is the victim of the coup d'état promoted by General Jehu, who will then take over the kingdom.
The work is to be considered a significant addition to the catalog of the Baroque painter Johann Heiss; in this composition we see the characteristics of his painting perfectly condensing, from his passion for erudite subjects to the accurate and often opulent definition of details.
His style, substantially similar to the seventeenth century classicist current, immediately refers to the rich compositions of Nicolas Poussin, warmed at the same time by a colorism of Venetian ancestry.
After his apprenticeship with Johann Schönfeld, Heiss quickly began his career in the service of the Duke of Württemberg, Augsburg. He also stayed in Italy, in Venice during his training, forging his pictorial technique on that of the Renaissance of Titian and Veronese, and certainly in Rome, where he necessarily studied Poussin.
A great sense of theatricality emerges from the work, shaped by the multitude of characters with their rich drapery, as well as by the opulent scenography with the monumental buildings that surround the event.
Among the many works of the artist, sold at international auctions, we mention one of them passed in London by CHRISTIE'S (December 1998), which proposes the same version of the subject, passed with a price of GBP 45,500 (50,000 euros). Link: https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/johann-heiss-memmingen-1640-1704-augsburg-the-1368606-details.aspx
Excellent state of conservation.
The painting, like all our objects, is sold with a certificate of photographic authenticity in accordance with the law (FIMA - CINOA).
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