Norbert Grund (1717-1767)
MOSES IS PREPARING TO RECEIVE THE TABLETS OF THE LAW FROM THE LORD, WHO IS SPEAKING FROM THE SMOKE OF FIRE
Oil on copper plate, 34.5x25.5 cm. Moses on Mount Sinai speaks with the Lord in a cloud and receives the tablets of the law from the hands of an angel. The scene portrays a passage from the Bible (Exodus 24:15-18). Biblical motifs were an important part of Grund`s painting legacy, usually from the Old Testament. Unlike galant themes and landscapes, he likely painted these mostly on commission for specific patrons. These included significant religious orders as well as private patrons from the ranks of the nobility and church officials. See, for example, Norbert Grund`s "Jacob Wrestling with the Angel," oil on wood, 13x22 cm, Cistercian Monastery Vyšší Brod: ev. card NG signed O 6994, and especially Norbert Grund`s "Hagar and Ishmael in the Desert," oil on canvas, 20x31 cm, ev. card NG signed O 6982, in the same location. The latter example corresponds not only to somewhat larger dimensions than typical for Norbert Grund, but especially to an identical compositional scheme. Condition A. Preserved in absolutely perfect original condition, without any later restoration interventions, and in the original Viennese frames.
Hammer price: 250.000 CZK / 10.730 EUR