Since 1997, the Cultural Inventory Foundation (SCI) has been compiling an inventory of collections of Dutch and Flemish masters in museums in faraway countries, that are either unknown or only known about (see projects on the SCI website). SCI has documented and photographed the collections on site. From the more than 20,000 photos in our archive, we will now present one or more photos focussing on a special painting every month.

For the month of September 2021, we will highlight a work from the A. Kasteyev Museum in Almaty, Kazakhstan. SCI volunteers Ilona van Tuinen, Bernard Vermet and Lia Gorter made an inventory of the Dutch and Flemish collection in 2010. The large-format painting The Battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites by Frans Francken II is one of the special discoveries we made during our research there.

The Battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites

Frans Francken II

A. Kastejev Museum

in Almaty, Kazachstan

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