price: U.S. $5,000

WOLFGANG HOESLWANGER

Freising(?) in Bavaria ca. 1575 after 1606 Vilshofen(?)

Three Fates

traces of black chalk underdrawing, pen & dark grey ink, brush & grey wash. 315/16 x  61/8" 10 x 15.5mm). dated upper left: 1601.

provenance:
private collection, NY

Ralph Haugwitz has very kindly brought to my attention a drawing by Hoeslwangler which compares so well to the present work that one cannot deny they are by the same hand. Haugwitz has pointed out similarities of the Fate on the left of the present drawing with the Venus in a monogrammed drawing of Venus and Adonis in the Berliner Kupferstichkabinett (Inv.No. KdZ 28014).1 Furthermore, the physiognomy of all of the figures in the two drawings is very similar and the handling, the penmanship, of both drawings is identical. Also one can observe the same female hairstyle. The two drawings are closely dated: the Berlin sheet, 1600; ours 1601.

The three allegorical figures sit comfortably in a congenial setting, diligently working at their tasks, spinning, carding, measuring, and snipping the thread of life. Klotho holds the distaff. Lachesis, in the center, holds the spindle and may be measuring the thread with a rod; Atropos, the ugliest and generally most terrible of the three, is about to cut the thread with her scissors. From the beginning of one's life through the woven fabric of one's actions to the final conclusion of that life, the process was unalterable for both gods and men.

It is worth noting that aspects of this drawing are reminiscent of drawings done for the Court of Munich, specifically those of Sustris and Christoph.
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In an e-mail of Sept. 19 th, 2007.