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Title “Battle Scene” by Jan van Huchtenburg from the Collection of Chelyabinsk State Museum of Fine Arts
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About author Makhnovskaya, Natalia Aleksandrovna — researcher. The Chelyabinsk State Museum of Fine Arts, pl. Revoliutsii, 1, 454091 Cheliabinsk, Russian Federation.
In the section Western Art ca. 1600 – 1900 DOI10.18688/aa166-6-51
Year 2016 Volume 6 Pages 484491
Type of article RAR Index UDK 75.044 Index BBK 85.14

The "Battle Scene” (oil on canvas, 43 × 58 cm) became an addition to the collection of Chelyabinsk State Museum of Fine Arts upon its arrival from the State History Museum in 1960 as a painting by an unknown 18th century Western school artist. Earlier the painting was kept in the collection of countess Chernysheva-Bezobrazova in the Yaropolets Estate. Later the work was attributed to the 18th century Flemish school. For the first time we dare to establish the artist’s name. In the course of our research, we managed to find an image of the painting by Jan van Huchtenburgh (1647–1733) entitled “The Battle at Ramillies between the French and the Allied Powers, 23 May 1706” dated 1706–1710, from the collection of Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam). The theme, the composition, and the details of depicting horses and horsemen combined with other works by this artist make for straightforward attribution of the Chelyabinsk piece to this painter’s authorship. Jan van Huchtenburg was a Dutch painter of battle scenes, an engraver, and an art trader (1647–1733). He was an apprentice of Thomas Wijck in the service of Prince Eugene of Savoy and painted ten big battles scenes between 1697 and 1717 depicting the victories of his employer. He was influenced by Van der Meulen and Philips Wouwerman. Presumably, the painting in Chelyabinsk was a part of the series of battle scenes “The War of the Spanish Succession of 1701–1714”, along with the “Battle of Ramillies”. Thereafter, we used all of the available technological methods of attribution: macrophotography, microscopic inspection, infrared photography, radiography. The technological research results were confirmed by the local and foreign experts on Dutch paintings in favor of Jan van Huсhtenburg’s authorship.

Reference Natalia Makhnovskaya. “Battle Scene” by Jan van Huchtenburg from the Collection of Chelyabinsk State Museum of Fine Arts. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 6. Eds: Anna V. Zakharova, Svetlana V. Maltseva, Ekaterina Yu. Stanyukovich-Denisova. St. Petersburg, NP-Print Publ., 2016, pp. 484–491. ISSN 2312-2129.
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