Adrianus van Kilsdonk (Dutch, b. 1754)
The Last Supper
Signed and inscribed "A. Van Kilsdonk Amsterdam" l.c.
Oil on cradled panel, 16 x 12 in. (40.0 x 30.0 cm),framed.
Condition: Vertical cracks to panel, heavy varnish coat.
N.B. The artist was active in Leiden and in Rome.
The painting at hand was reviewed from digital photographs by the RKD in The Hague. They suggested that this work may be the same painting sold by Palais des congrès, Versailles, France, Tableaux Anciens, Meubles et Objets d'Art, March 5, 1978, Lot 37 (as La Scène, presumably meant to be La Cène). The medium, signature with inscription, and dimensions correspond very closely, but the painting was not illustrated in the catalog. The works of Adrianus van Kilsdonk are not well documented, and heretofore the RKD archives did not contain photographs or reproductions of any of his paintings. Dr. Laurens Schoemaker (RKD) pointed out that van Kilsdonk based this composition after a large painting by Peter Paul Rubens of The Last Supper (1630-31),now in the collection of the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.
Due to the heavy coat of varnish it is difficult to view the signs of restoration or even craquelure.
Framed dimensions are 22 x 17 5/8 inches.
Provenance: From the collection of a French aristocrat by gift to the current owner.
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