David playing the harp for Saul, 1629/1630
Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum, inv./ [..]
Bredius 1935, no. 490
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Object information
Object category
panel (oak), oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 62 x 50,1 cm
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Current attribution
Rejected attribution
Salomon Koninck
In 1817 the painting was bought as a work attributed to Rembrandt from the collection of Sophia Franziska de Neufville-Gontard. In 1844, this attribution was doubted in the collection catalogue of the Städel Museum, and the work was attributed instead to Rembrandt’s studio, probably by Salomon Koninck (Passavant 1844, no 205; Krempel/Neumeister 2005-, vol. 1 (2005), p. 368). This attribution lingered (Van Dyke 1923, p. 112), but changed when some authors saw the work as an early Rembrandt, which is the prevailing opinion today (Bode 1881, p. 71; Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 1 (1982), no. A 25; Krempel/Neumeister 2005-, vol. 1 (2005), p. 368).
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1629/1630 (1629 - 1630)
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  • copied in print by
    Willem van der Leeuw, David speelt harp voor koning Saul (1 Samuël 16:23 of 1 Samuël 18:10 of 1 Samuël 19:9)
    This print has been taken in the literature as a reproduction after Rembrandt's painting, but the members of the RRP proposed it is rather a print after a copy by an unknown artist, possibly Lievens according to Bauch (Bauch 1967B, p. 166; Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 1 (1982), no. A 25).

  • used as model for
    canvas, 167 x 131 cm; fragment of a very large version on canvas, extending from David's head to halfway along Saul's left shoulder (Bauch 1967B, p. 165)

    With art dealer P. de Boer in Amsterdam in 1969. The authors of the RRP suggest that the etching by De Leeuw is made after this copy, which dates the latter to the 1630s. They disagree with Bauch's attribution of the work to Lievens, because they are of the opinion that it lacks any foundation (Bauch 1967B, p. 166; Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 1 (1982), no. A 25).

  • used as model for
    after Rembrandt, Koning Saul
    Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 1 (1982), no. A 25

  • used as model for
    Johann Friedrich Morgenstern
    on panel, 13 x 10.7 cm, 1825

    Part of the Morgenstern Cabinet of Miniatures, cabinet III, right wing, in the Historisches Museum Frankfurt (inv. no. B 81:11) (Krempel/Neumeister 2005-, vol. 1 (2005), p. 366)

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Entered on: 2002-04-11; Last modification: 2020-04-23


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