Pieter de Witte

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Pieter de Witte
approximately 1548-1628
The Battle of Otto von Wittelsbach and Henry the Lion
ca. 1603
Pen and black ink and wash, and watercolor, over black chalk, on paper; squared in red chalk.
5 1/8 x 12 3/16 inches (134 x 308 mm)
Gift of the Kasper Collection.

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Peter Candid belonged to a group of itinerant artists with Northern roots but Italian experience and training, active in the Bavarian court in Munich. One of his primary responsibilities was the designing and planning for the execution of sumptuous tapestries used for decorating the royal residence. This drawing is a study for one in a series of ten tapestries celebrating the accomplishments of the founder of the Bavarian line, Otto von Wittelsbach. The tapestry, which reproduces the design in reverse, is still preserved at the Munich Residenz.

Christie's London, July 9, 2002, lot 16; Herbert Kasper (1926-2020), New York.
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