Rediscoveries and Rarities Highlight Masters Week

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Masters Week is taking over Sotheby’s New York headquarters with seven auctions and exhibitions. Highlights of the week of sales include rare and exciting masterpieces from the 14th to 19th centuries, from such esteemed artists as Velazquez, Titian, and Goya. The exhibitions will be open to the public beginning 26 January.

The Line of Beauty: Drawings from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet
31 January

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann
31 January

The Otto Naumann Sale
31 January

Fine Old Master and 19th Century Paintings
1 February

Master Paintings Evening Sale
1 February

Master Paintings and Sculpture Day Sale
2 February

The Auckland Project at Sotheby’s: An Exhibition of Works from the Spanish Gallery
26 January–11 February

Rediscoveries and Rarities Highlight Masters Week

  • The Line of Beauty: Drawings from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet
    31 JANUARY 2018 | 10:00 AM EST | NEW YORK
     
    The superb collection of just 28 drawings, formed over some 40 years from the 1970s by the New York couple Howard and Saretta Barnet, is highly unusual in its combination of small overall size, great chronological span and exceptionally high quality. Selecting their drawings with razor-sharp aesthetic judgment, the Barnets assembled a group of drawings that told the whole story of five centuries of the art of drawing in Western Europe, though just 28 works, each of the very highest quality and beauty. Despite being very different from each other in date, geographical origin, technique, style and function, these drawings somehow all speak the same language, and reflect a powerful, consistent taste. Rarely has a more perfectly chosen collection been formed, in any collecting field.
     
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  • Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann
    31 JANUARY 2018 | 10:30 AM EST | NEW YORK
     
    A large, rich and deep sale, spanning more than four centuries and a wide range of countries, this is a true celebration of the art of drawing, in all its forms. There are early renaissance figure studies, projects for Baroque compositions, Rococo masterworks such as the exceptional, rare gouache landscape by François Boucher, and a good selection of 19th-century works – even a remarkable, insouciant early divisionist self-portrait of 1908 by the Italian futurist master, Gino Severini. The early Italian drawings in the sale include a fascinating late 15th-century study of the Madonna lactans from the workshop of Bartolommeo Vivarini, a magnificent red chalk female nude by Guercino, and an outstanding, dynamic study of a river god, by Francesco Salviati. A particular highlight is the collection of the late Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, the long-standing and much revered professor of the History of Art at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

  • The Otto Naumann Sale
    31 JANUARY 2018 | 6:00 PM EST | NEW YORK
     
    Sotheby’s is delighted to offer property from the collection of Otto Naumann, who, in addition to being a world-renowned art dealer, is an art historian and voracious collector.  The sale will feature European paintings from the 16th to the 19th centuries that exemplify Otto’s impressive eye for timeless pictures of the highest quality.

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  • Fine Old Master & 19th Century European Art
    1 FEBRUARY 2018 | 10:00 AM EST | NEW YORK

    The yearly sale of Fine Old Master and 19th Century European Art will feature over 300 works spanning the centuries and the majority of Europe. The Old Master Paintings session is an important component of Sotheby's famous Old Master Week sales. It features works from the 15th through the 18th centuries that depict important historical sitters, intriguing mythological episodes, idealistic landscapes, and emotive religious scenes among others. Our 19th-century session includes French, Italian, British, Dutch, German and Spanish paintings, with a selection of Sporting pictures.

  • Master Paintings Evening Sale
    1 FEBRUARY 2018 | 6:00 PM EST | NEW YORK
     
    The 2018 Master Paintings Evening Sale at Sotheby’s includes rare and exciting masterpieces from the 14th to the 19th centuries.  A large gold ground by the rare trecento artist Agnolo Gaddi, an early depiction of Lucretiaby Lucas Cranach the Elder, and a pair of exquisite still lifes by the pioneering female artist Fede Galizia are amongst the many notable early works in the sale.  Titian’s masterful, large-scale St Margaret and the Dragonand a captivating portrait by Velazquez in collaboration with Pietro Martire Neri are also major highlights.  The 17th century section of the sale includes a grand, stunning landscape by Jan Wijnants and Adrian van de Velde, a jovial portrait of a Man with a Beer Keg by Frans Hals and Studio, a rare work by the important artist Bartolomeo Manfredi and a rediscovered painting of Roman Charity from Willem Drost’s brief Italian period. A pair of Venetian scenes by Canaletto, an early and important painting of Winter by Nicolas Lancret, a rare painting of Venice by David Roberts and a large-scale composition by Lagrenée lead the 18th century section. We invite you to join us in our York Avenue galleries to view these and many more of the fantastic Old Master Paintings on offer this winter.

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  • Master Paintings and Sculpture Day Sale
    2 FEBRUARY 2018 | 10:00 AM EST | NEW YORK
     
    A highlight of this year’s Day Sale is Pierre-Antoine Demachy’s Book market beneath the Louvre galleries, a fascinating view of daily life in 18th century Paris. The sale will feature a number of rare and fresh-to-market paintings from the 15th to the 19th centuries, including a number of impressive British portraits and an important group of Dutch paintings from a New York private collection.
  • The Auckland Project at Sotheby’s: An Exhibition of Works from the Spanish Gallery
    26 JANUARY 2018–11 FEBRUARY 2018 | NEW YORK

    An exhibition of outstanding Spanish Old Master paintings acquired by The Auckland Project through Sotheby’s. These works will feature in the collection of the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland, North East England, due to open in 2019. The Gallery forms part of an inspiring initiative to create a world-class visitor destination and revitalise this former industrial town through employment, training and educational opportunities. 

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