Oil Painting Signed by J.B Cohen


Flemish oil Painting Signed J.B Coene Dated 1889 depicting the Adorning of the Apis bull, An Egyptian bull deity. In profusely carved Giltwood frame.

This portrait was exhibited from September 20th 2012 till February 10th 2013 at an exhibition titled “Egyptomania from the XIXth century, Edouard and Cleopatra” in one of Brussels the beautiful architectural Art Deco masterpieces ‘Villa Empain’. In 1930, on the age of 21, Baron Louis Empain – son of Baron Edouard Empain – had this personal mansion of 2500 sq. meters constructed by the Swiss architect Michel Polak, with the collaboration of Alfred Hoch, on the distinguished avenue of the Nation which was afterward renamed because the Franklin Roosevelt Avenue.
Courtesy of the Boghossian Foundation.

Jean-Baptiste Coene (Belgian 1859-1946 ) first studied under his father. From 1874 to 1883 he continued his studying on the Mechelen Academy, where he was taught by Willem Geets (1838-1919), a neoclassicist painter of genre and historical scenes. Coene turbecame a teache at the academy himself, working there from 1895 till 1927. In 1926 he succeeded Alexander Aerts as president of the St Luke’s art society, established in 1886, to promote the visual arts by means of exhibitions and catalogues, a place he occupied till his death in 1946. Coene has works in the museums of Kortrijk and Liège.

The Egyptian deity Apis was depicted as a bull with a photo voltaic disc between his horns. In early Egyptian historical past the bull was a logo of fertility. Kings of the Previous Kingdom (ca. 2650-2140 BCE) recognized themselves with the facility of this sacred animal, and one of many 5 names of the rulers of the New Kingdom (ca. 1551-1070 BCE) was ‘Robust Bull’. The Apis bull cult, which concerned the ritual burial of the bulls through which the god was incarnated, is attested from the reign of Amenhotep III (ca. 1386 – ca. 1349 BCE). Underneath the Ptolemies (306-30 BCE) the cult acquired an extremely necessary position. Just one Apis bull existed at a time. When the animal died, the clergymen of the cult would scour the nation to seek out its successor, which they recognized by a specific set of white markings.

The Greek historian Herodotus provides a vigorous description of this search. The sacred bull was housed in magnificent lodging, revered and pampered by its clergymen. When it died, official days of mourning have been proclaimed; the animal was mummified and interred with royal ceremony alongside its predecessors in a mausoleum (the Serapeum in Saqqara, found by Auguste Mariette) and commemorated by his funeral clergymen. The Apis bull was believed to assimilate with Osiris after his demise, so he was additionally considered a god of demise, who on his death again bore the mother of the deceased to the tomb.

130cm high x 99cm wide
(51.2" x 39")