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Title The Women at the Tomb
Alternative Title The Three Maries
Collection Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Artist Stattler, Stanislas (Polish painter, ca.1836-ca. 1871)
After Scheffer, Ary (Dutch painter, printmaker, and sculptor, 1795-1858, active in France)
Date 1867 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A fine copy of The Women at the Tomb by Ary Scheffer of 1847 in Notre Dame de la Compassion, Paris. It is in an arch-shaped format, and the frame, with an inscription from Matthew XXVIII viii, appears to be original. The women are depicted three-quarter length and dominate the composition. The two younger women are set to the front of the composition, and gaze upward, striking attitudes of piety and awe; the older woman is set behind them at the extreme right. The abbreviated background comprises mountains in shades of grey and blue.
Current Accession Number BATVG:P:1940.68
Inscription back ‘D’Après Ary Scheffer 1847 / S. Stattler 24 Avril 1867 peint sur lava’
Subject religion (three Maries, Passion); figure
Measurements 71.2 x 46.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material enamel on stone (lava)
Acquisition Details Given by Councillor Basil Woodd 1940.
Publications Sloman, S., Victoria Art Gallery: Concise Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings, Bath, 1991, p. 105.
Notes Frame spandrel, left: 'lors elles su[..]tient / […]allege[…] du Seigneur'. Frame spandrel, right: 'avec crainte et / avec une gran joie / St Matthieu Ch XXVIII v[.. .] VIII'.

Related to The Women at the Tomb, are Scheffer's The Holy Women at the Sepulchre (1845, Manchester City Art Gallery) and another version of the same subject (1854, National Gallery, Victoria).

Basil Woodd had served as deputy chairman of the Victoria Art Gallery Committee. He was a resident of the Royal Crescent, Bath. Councillor Woodd's donation also included two nineteenth-century sculptures.
Rights Owner Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Author Dr Susan Steer
 

 

 

 

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