Botticelli Sold for $45.4 Million at Sotheby’s Auction


Sold for $ 45.4 million in Sotheby’s, New York on Thursday, Sandro Botticelli’s studio assistant’s work and paintings that have been overlooked for decades begin this year’s cycle of pricing to grab the headline of trophy artwork at auction. Did.

The tempera “Man of Sorrows” on the panel of Botticelli, which was claimed by the Italian Renaissance master as a “seminar masterpiece”, was a solemn half-length bust of the resurrected Christ, an outstanding work in the sale of 55 lots of old ones. Thursday’s master paintings and sculptures. Thanks to a minimum and pre-arranged “irrevocable bid” from a third-party guarantor, it is certain that it will sell for at least $ 40 million, and the painting attracted two more bidders. The successful bid, which was not a guarantor, was made by Elizabeth Robkovich, an old master specialist at Sotheby’s in New York. The contest took 6 minutes and bidders tentatively bid an increment of $ 100,000.

“It was a reasonable price for the subject —’Christ of Sadness’,” said Marco Voena, a partner of international art dealer Robilant + Voena. “It was a difficult time for Botticelli,” he added, referring to the ardent credibility of the artist’s later works.

“Man of Sorrows” was finally auctioned when it was cataloged as Botticelli in 1963 and sold for a relatively affordable $ 26,000. Botticelli’s leading figure at the time, Ronald Wrightbawn, published this painting in “Workshops and School Pictures” in the complete catalog of his work in 1978. It is Frank Zöllner’s 2005 monograph of artists, grouped into “Latest Workshop Products from Botticelli’s Circle”.

However, in 2009, this long-ignored painting from the collection of an unnamed family was included as a signature work in the exhibition “Botticelli: Portraits, Myths and Dedications” at the Staedel Museum in Frankfurt. I did.

Bastian Ecclercy, a curator of Italian, French and Spanish paintings in Städel before 1800, wrote in the exhibition catalog that “paintings rediscovered from his personal collection” is “an important new example of Botticelli’s late years.” Not only to represent, but “an impressive aspect to our understanding of the portrayal of Christ during the Renaissance.”

According to Sotheby’s, this attribution was endorsed by Lawrence Canter, chief curator of European art at the Yale University Art Gallery, and Keith Christiansen, a former president of the European Painting Division at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Sotheby’s described the “Man of Sorrows” as Giorgio Vasari’s 1550 “Artist’s Life”, from about 1500, when Florentine painters were influenced by fire and Brimstone’s preaching. It is described as a late work by Botticelli. Dominican brother Girolamo Savonarola became a supporter of the preacher’s denomination. Botticelli’s later works have been regarded by modern scholars as infused with intense religious enthusiasm. The composition of Sotheby’s is noteworthy with the halo of mourning angels orbiting the spiny head of the resurrected Christ.

Claimed by Sotheby’s to “define the masterpiece of Botticelli’s later career,” the reassigned painting took part in a global marketing tour with viewing in Los Angeles, London, Dubai, and New York. It itself hangs in the dark next to Albrecht Dürer’s famous “self-portrait” in Munich’s Alte Pinakothek and a photo that has led to a prestigious comparison with Leonardo da Vinci’s “Savior” or “Savior of the World”. Was there. It sold for $ 450.3 million at Christie’s, a record of the artwork offered at the auction.

This proved to be the second most expensive Botticelli sold by Sotheby’s in 12 months. Last January, the “Portrait of a Young Man with Roundel” from New York-based real estate mogul and art collector Sheldon Thoreau’s real estate was a record price for both Botticelli and Old Master at auctions of 92.2 million. Sold for dollars. Photo by Sotheby’s.

Comparing Thursday’s sale to last January’s sale, Fabrizio Moretti, director of London-based Old Master dealer Moretti Fine Art Limited, said that “Man of Sorrows” is “very religious and introspective.” It’s powerful. ” Half the price is almost correct. “

Hugo Nathan, a partner of London-based art adviser Beaumont Nathan, said he did not recommend “Man of Sorrows” to his clients.

“It was a huge price,” he said. “And personally, I didn’t like the painting. My hands were very awkward. It wasn’t an imaginative painting.”


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