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
Sotheby’s is pleased to present works of art sold to benefit the Berkshire Museum. All sale proceeds will support the institution’s new vision – the creation of an exciting interdisciplinary museum, with a heightened emphasis on science and history as well as the arts. Click ahead to view some of the highlights from the collection. Impressionist & Modern Art Evening 14 May | New York Contemporary Art Evening 16 May | New York Master Paintings 22 May | New York European Art 22 May | New York American Art 23 May | New York
Old Master art encompasses a lush variety of subjects and styles, depicting an abundance of allegories, landscapes, cultures and history throughout the years in Europe. From the idealization of Ancient Rome in Renaissance religious scenes to the decadent yet frivolous depiction of opulence in the Dutch still lifes, each works depicts the unique sentiments and styles of its time and place. For the aspiring buyer hoping to begin the perfect collection, Sotheby’s Old Masters Online sale offers a wide range of important paintings and drawings at no reserve. Click ahead to learn more about the accessible lots that will be offered in the sale. Old Masters Online 10–24 April | Online
Sotheby’s Masters Week achieved an extraordinary $82.5 million across six sales, nearly twice the 2017 series results. Among the more than 650 paintings, drawings and sculptures sold were a pair of immaculate Venetian views by Canaletto, which earned $4.2 million. The week's three private sales saw remarkable results, garnering a combined $23 million. For more of the best auction moments from Masters Week, click ahead. And while the sales may be over, two exhibitions of Spanish Golden Age paintings are on view through 11 February in our New York galleries. Selling a work of art, fine timepiece or jewel with Sotheby’s is simple. Click here for more information about consigning with Sotheby's.
A reflection of the continent’s diversifying locales and technological innovations, 19th-century European art uniquely captures the subjects of its time while also nodding to a romanticised past. In Sotheby’s Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art sale, depictions of bustling cities and contemporary fashion can be found alongside orientalist fantasies and idyllic rural scenes. Our upcoming sale presents a perfect opportunity for an aspiring buyer to start a comprehensive and informed collection of the period’s varied artistic genres and movements. Click ahead to discover nine quintessential 19th-century works of art. Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art 1 February | New York