Mattheus (or Mathieu) Ignatius van Bree (1773-1839): Study of two male heads, drawing in red and black chalk heightened with white; on brown paper. Annotation in pen: ‘Etude pour les deux hommes derriere la fille ... .... pour le tableau des Atheniens’. With Van Bree’s workshop-mark ‘MIVB’. Circa 1810.
Dimensions including frame: 47x60cm.
Van Bree started his training at the Academy of Antwerp, with further studies in Paris from 1797 onwards. In 1821, Van Bree traveled through Italy, where he made many drawings of folk scenes and after paintings of Renaissance painters. Van Bree was a long time director of the Academy in Antwerp where he trained many painters. One of his most famous works is the monumental ‘Entry of Emperor Napoleon in Amsterdam’ (now in the Amsterdam Museum).
Our drawing is a study for the painting ‘Proclamation des noms des Atheniens dévoués au Minotaure (The Oracle determines the names of the young people who must be sacrificed to the Minotaur) now in Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
In the database of the RKD in The Hague is a picture of a study of the head of the girl just in front of our two men on the painting.
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