More than 180 works were sold on 22 May in Sotheby’s New York Sales of European Art and Master Paintings, totaling $23.4 million. The European Art auction was led by six paintings by William Bouguereau, which together achieved $4.6 Million. A 15th-century triptych by Sano di Pietro sold for $1.6 million in the Master Paintings sale, which marked a record for the artist. Below, discover the works that soared.
Though it's been nearly 500 years since the birth of celebrated Venetian artist Jacopo Tintoretto, the artist’s singular ability to capture the effects of color, light and texture still delights and amazes viewers. Sotheby’s forthcoming sale of Master Paintings (22 May, New York) highlights the importance and breadth of this his œuvre. Along with Titian and Veronese, Tintoretto was one of the leading artists in Venice during the 16th century as the city thrived as one of the foremost commercial, cultural and artistic centers in all of Europe. From the artist and his flourishing family workshop arose myriad works that played a pivotal role in the development of the Venetian artistic tradition and helped to define the period as we know it today. Master Paintings 22 May | New York
During the 16th and early 17th century, Caravaggio invigorated still life painting across Italy with a degree of naturalism and detail never before seen, creating lustrously life-like fruits and flowers arranged in dynamic, considered compositions. So powerful was mercurial artist’s influence that an entire generation of artists throughout Italy and Europe came to be called the Caravaggisti. A visual feast of such still lifes are offered at no reserve in Sotheby’s upcoming auction Master Paintings (22 May, New York). For the stories behind ten of these works, click ahead. Master Paintings 22 May | New York
This May, fantasy portraits, bountiful still lifes and gold-ground paintings will all feature in Sotheby’s Master Paintings auction in New York. Among the highlights are a gilded triptych by Sano di Pietro, a three-quarter length portrait by Tintoretto – hailing from The Metropolitan Museum of Art – and paintings of two of France’s most notorious female figures: the Marquise de Pompadour and Marie de' Medici. Ahead, view these paintings and other must-see works from the sale and be sure to visit Sotheby’s New York galleries where these select works will be on view from 14–24 April. Master Paintings 22 May | New York
Sotheby’s Old Masters Online auction offers an attractive selection of still lifes, the highlight of which is this fascinating anthropomorphic Allegory of Spring. Based on Arcimboldo's 1573 painting of spring in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, the present painting from afar might look like a mere head in profile, but up close it's an incredibly accurate depiction of lush greenery and colorful flora. Under Arcimboldo's influence, the artist created a human portrait cleverly composed of blossoming flowers, purposefully selecting and strategically placing individual elements to create the anatomical shape of a human. Click through to learn more about the symbols in this painting that allude to the spring season. Old Masters Online 10–24 April | Online
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