Self-portrait (Cornelis Pietersz. Bega)

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Self-portrait (Cornelis Pietersz. Bega)
Cornelis Pietersz. Bega , approx. 1649/50
Oil sketch on paper
18.7 x 17.2 cm
Private collection

The self-portrait of Cornelis Bega is an oil sketch on paper from 1649/50 and is only partially completed. The 187 millimeter high and 172 millimeter wide picture shows the portrait of the artist in half profile. Today the sheet is in private hands.

Image description

While the face and hair are completely colored, the headgear is only indicated in brown. The face is turned slightly from the frontal view, the right side is in the shadow, the gaze is directed towards the viewer. In the lower right half is the inscription "Dir es Het Conterfeijsel van Kornelis Begga van Hem portrayed" [This is the portrait of Kornelis Begga painted by him].


The origin of the sketch is unusual. The provenance is from Dr. Ute Haug and Clemens Toussaint have been presented in detail. The earliest known owner of the sheet was Dr. Adriaan van der Willigen in Haarlem (1810–1876), doctor, collector and archive researcher. In 1870 the oil sketch was auctioned by Frederik Muller in Amsterdam and appears at the later owner of the auction house Anton WM Mensing (1866–1936). After his death, his collection is auctioned and Bega's self-portrait is acquired by the art dealer Jacques Goudstikker . During his escape from the Nazi regime, Goudstikker left his inventory in the hands of AA ten Broek, who in July 1940 sold the rights to all art objects that were part of the NV Goudstikker's inventory to Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. Göring sells the self-portrait on to Alois Miedl in Amsterdam, who in turn to the von Flotow couple from Hamburg. In November 1940, the Hamburg administration for art and cultural affairs bought the sketch and then deposited it at the Kunsthalle, where it was inventoried in 1990. After thorough provenance research, the sketch was returned to Marei von Saher, Jacques Goudstikkers' legal heir.


  • Peter van den Brink and Bernd Wolfgang Lindemann (editors): Cornelis Bega: Elegance and rough manners . Belser, Stuttgart 2012, ISBN 978-3-7630-2619-7 .

Individual evidence

  1. Peter van den Brink. In: Peter van den Brink and Bernd Wolfgang Lindemann (editors): Cornelis Bega: Elegance and rough manners . Belser, Stuttgart 2012. pp. 86, 88.
  2. ^ Ute Haug: Ten years of provenance research at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Framework conditions and individual cases. In: The responsibility continues. Contributions by German institutions to dealing with cultural assets seized as a result of Nazi persecution , ed. from the Magdeburg coordination office, vol. 8, Magdeburg 2010. pp. 156, 163, 168, notes 44–45, p. 172.
  3. ^ Clemens Toussaint: How to Find One Thousand Painting. The Fate of Jacques Goudstikker's Looted Art Collection In: Peter C. Sutton Reclaimed. Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker. AK Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Jewish Museum, New York 2008. p. 68.