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European Art
Artist: Marx Reichlich, Austrian, active ca. 1485–1520

The Jester

ca. 1519–20

Tempera on panel

unframed: 44.5 × 33.7 cm (17 1/2 × 13 1/4 in.) framed: 59.8 × 50.4 cm (23 9/16 × 19 13/16 in.)
Bequest of Dr. Herbert and Monika Schaefer
2020.37.6
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Austrian
Period: 
16th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Provenance: 

Collection Weber, Hamburg. Collection Knut Tillberg (1860–1940), Stockholm. Collection Osborn Kling (1874–1953), Stockholm; [sale, Pictures by Old Masters: The Property of Herr Osborn Kling of Stockholm, Christie’s, London, June 28, 1935, lot 10 (unsold) [see note 1]]; possibly sold to ‘Leafe’ [see note 2]. Dr. Heinrich Becker, Dortmund, by 1967; with G. Cramer Oude Kunst (Hans M. Cramer), The Hague; Dr. Herbert (1910–2011) and Mrs. Monika (died 2019) Schaefer, Malaga, Spain, by 1977; on loan to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1981–2019; bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. 2019

Notes:

[1] According to the Christie’s, London, Sale Archives, lot 10 in the Kling Sale went unsold: the reserve, which is hand-written in the annotated copy of the sale was £750, the bidding only got up to 270 guineas; the painting was subsequently returned to Herr Kling of Stockholm.

[2] According to an annotated photo-mount of the catalogue entry for the painting from the 1935 auction found at the Witt Photoarchives, London, the painting was bought by ‘Leafe.’ The Yale Art Gallery has not been able to confirm this information nor resolve the discrepancy with the painting having been returned to Herr Kling. The identify of ‘Leafe’ is similarly unknown, but research remains ongoing.

This work appears on our "Artworks with Nazi-Era Provenance Documentation Gaps" page.
Bibliography: 

Max J. Friedländer, “Der Meister des Angerer-Bildnisses,” Cicerone 1 (1929): 1–6.

Max J. Friedländer, “Das Bildnis eines Narren von dem Meister des Angerer-Portrats,” Pantheon 10 (1932): 232–33, ill.

Karl Oettinger, “Zur Herkunft des Angrermeisters,” Pantheon 17 (1936): 186–87, 191, ill.

Karl Oettinger, Altdeutsche Maler der Ostmark (Vienna: A. Schroll, 1942), 28, pl. 52.

Hans Vollmer, Meister des Angreer-Bildnisses, 37 (Leipzig, Germany: E. A. Seemann, 1950), no. 18.

Erich Egg, “Marx Reichlich. Der Meister des Angrererbildnisses,” Zeitschrift fur Kunstwissenschaft 14 (1960): no. 12.

Go¨rel Cavalli-Bjo¨rkman, The Laughing Jester, 9 (Stockholm: Nationalmuseum, 1985), 104–106, ill.

Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Over wilden en narren boeren en bedelaars: beeld van de andere, vertoog over het zelf (Antwerp: Dr. Paul Vandenbroeck, 1987), 48, 207, pl. II and cover.

Collection: Dr. Herbert & Monika Schaefer, Selected Works, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Mountain View Press, 1998), 24–27, no. 6.

Joachim Pissarro, Saints, Sinners, and Scenery: European Genre and Landscape Paintings from the Collection of Herbert and Monika Schaefer, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 9.

“The Family of Sir Thomas More: Holbein’s Cucianic Portrait,” Art Bulletin (2003).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.