Lot Details

Lot 44
Attributed to Alessio D'Elia
The Fall of Simon Magus
Oil on canvas
24 x 15 3/4 inches (61 x 40 cm)
Simon Magus or Simon the Magician was a Samaritan sorcerer of generally villainous character mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles and described in the writings of several early church fathers. According to Cyril of Jerusalem, Simon let it be known that he would ascend to heaven in a chariot drawn by demons, and was actually in flight when the Apostles Peter and Paul prayed that he would be brought down. Their prayers were answered, as shown here.


Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Sold for $1,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Glue relined. Repaired tear to the left of the face of the flying demon at left. Restoration to the chest and around the figure of the demon immediately to his right; also to the darker areas of Simon's red cloak. Area of restoration approximately 1 x 1 inch to the right of Simon's face. Scattered touches of restoration elsewhere.


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Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Sold for $1,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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English & Continental Furniture / Old Masters / Russian Works of Art

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