Joshua Fights the Amalekites
oil, canvas, 121 x 174,5 cm
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana
These two paintings are companion pieces. In the composition, the character of the landscape, and in particular the groups of horses and riders, we recognise elements of the prints produced after the paintings of Antonio Tempesta. Very characteristic, for example, is the central group in the Battle Scene With Turks.
Restored: 1960, ZSV, Ljubljana; 1991, Kemal Selmanović.
Provenance: Collection of the counts of Attems, castle in Slovenska Bistrica until confiscation in 1945 [FCC register, No. 6437 or 6438 as “Battle, oil on canvas, 174 x 120 cm (sic!)”]; FCC 1945; 1951 ALU for the envisaged gallery; 1953 lent to the Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography; transferred to the Narodna galerija 1991.
Exhibitions: 1960, Ljubljana, No. 45; 1993, Ljubljana, No. 48.
Lit.: Cevc 1960, p. 26, Cat. No. 45 (Francesco Simonini, attributed by Grga Gamulin); Zeri and Rozman 1993, pp. 106, 166, Cat. No. 48, Fig. 49.