The Sacrifice of Isaac
Guillaume Courtois (Guglielmo Cortese), known as Il Borgonone (Saint-Hippolyte 1628 - Rome 1679)
Oil painting on canvas, The Sacrifice of Isaac by Guillaume Courtois (Saint-Hippolyte 1628 - Rome 1679), 1660s. Full-length figure of Abraham, centre, his left hand pressing the head of a kneeling loin-clothed Isaac, his upraised right hand holding a dagger, a winged angel above restraining him, a ram in a thicket to right. Cortese was a pupil of Pietro da Cortona and, although a Burgundian, really called Guillaume Courtois, so thoroughly assimilated the Italian Baroque in Rome, where he spent the whole of his active career, that even his name was Italianised. This painting was executed about the same time as the Martydom of Saint Andrew in S. Andrea al Quirinale, Rome. His brother, Jacques or Giacomo, who was in Rome with him, and became a Jesuit and a celebrated painter of battle pieces, is also known as 'Il Borgonone'. A drawing for Abraham's head is in the collection of the Earl of Leicester at Holkham Hall (portfolio III, 9).
Purchased by Ralph Stawell Dutton (1898-1985), 8th and last Lord Sherborne, from Colnaghi (3 July 1963; £1,550); bequeathed to the National Trust by Ralph Stawell Dutton, with the rest of the collections, house, gardens and estate of Hinton Ampner.
Hinton Ampner, The Ralph Dutton Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Guillaume Courtois (Guglielmo Cortese), known as Il Borgonone (Saint-Hippolyte 1628 - Rome 1679) , artist