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The defenestration, 1618
(La Defénestration, 1618)
(1889-1890)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
132.7 × 210.6 cm
Inscription
inscribed in black and brown paint l.l.: V. BROŽĺK. PARiS.
Accession Number
p.316.1-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1890
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
Provenance

With H. Koekkoek & Sons (dealer), Melbourne, by 1890; exhibited Autumn Exhibition, H. Koekkoek & Sons, Melbourne, 1890, no. 44[1]; from where purchased for the NGV, 1890.

[1] See Catalogue of a highly important collection of high-class modern pictures : exhibited by H. Koekkoek & Sons of 72 Piccadilly, London, W., at the Koekkoek Gallery, 331 & 333 Collins Street, Melbourne, Melbourne: Mason, Firth & McCutcheon, Printers, 1890, no. 44, p. 13-14, accessed via State Library of Victoria, http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/107431. Purchased with Paul Joanowitch's The traitor (p.318.1-1).



Exhibited, Autumn exhibition, Koekkoek & Sons, Melbourne, 1890, no. 44.

Václav Brozík was a leading official artist of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the late nineteenth century. La Defénestration portrays the event in Czech history which triggered the Thirty Years War. In the name of a local Protestant majority, Bohemian nobles took action against the Catholic rule of Matthias II, Holy Roman Emperor and head of the Austrian House of Habsburg. Defying orders which forbade them to assemble, the Protestant radicals confronted the Catholic regents in Hradcany Castle on 23 May 1618 and pushed them out a window. The officials reportedly survived by landing on rubbish in the moat.

Colourmen

Colourman
LEFRANC
Location
Stamped 4 x across reverse of canvas
Transcription
LEFRANC.../....
Medium
Ink stamp
More information
Guide Labreuche (FR)
National Portrait Gallery

Frame

Václav BROŽÍK
The defenestration, 1618 (1889-1890)
Framemaker
Unknown - 19th century
Date
c.1890
Materials

timber, plaster, gold leaf

About

The frame on The defenestration, 1618 came with the painting in 1890. It takes the form of a richly ornamented Salon frame, following the Italian cassetta profile.