Johann Rudolf Bys (attr., 1662-1738), Noah’s Ark. Estimate 15 000 €. Photo Nagel Auktionen

Assembly of the animals in front of the Ark and an extensive landscape. Oil on canvas. Rest. 90 x 112 cm

Bys began his career in Prague. After greater successes, he became court painter to Lothar Franz von Schoenborn, Elector of Mainz and Archbishop of Bamberg in 1713. He first arranged the gallery at Schloss Weissenstein in Pommersfelden and spent the following years painting the frescos on-site (the ceiling of the vestibule in 1717, the ceiling of the staircase together with the painter specialized in architecture Giovanni Francesco Marchini in 1717/18 et al.). After having been recommended by Vice-Chancellor Friedrich Karl von Schoenborn, he was commissioned to decorate the hall of the Court Chancellery in Vienna. Since 1729 he was in attendance on Prince Bishop Karl von Schoenborn at Wurzburg and in 1736 he was appointed director of the artistic furnishing of the Würzburg Residence, in close collaboration with Balthasar Neumann. His paintings richly representing animals, such as the two Landscapes with Birds (Prague, National Gallery), Orpheus and the Animals (Solothurn, Blumenstein Museum), Circe transforming Odysseus Companions (Vaduz, Collection of the Princes of Liechtenstein) and the Cycle of the Four Elements (Wiesentheit, Schönborn Collection and Würzburg Residence) are close to the style of Roelant Savery and Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Provenance: Collection of an estate at Baden-Baden.

Nagel Auktionen. Sale 715, 08 October