Saintly Portraits, Exquisite Still Lifes & More Spanish Paintings

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As part of Masters Week, Sotheby’s presents 400 Years of Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition, a selection of Spanish Master paintings on view in our New York galleries through 11 February. With works by Golden Age masters Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Juan de Arellano, the exhibition features a range of portraiture, religious imagery and still lifes, which convey Spain’s glorious artistic heritage across more than four centuries. Click ahead for highlights. 

Masters Week
26 January–2 February | New York
Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
26 January–11 February | New York

Saintly Portraits, Exquisite Still Lifes & More Spanish Paintings

  • Vicente Macip, The Last Judgment. Selling for $375,000.
    Vicente Macip, the artist behind this dynamic rendering of the Last Judgment, was among the the leading Renaissance masters working in Valencia during the first half of the 16th century. 

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
  • Jusepe de Ribera, called Lo Spagnoletto, Saint Teresa of Avila. Selling for $350,000.
    This contemplative portrait of Saint Teresa of Avila was painted in Naples in 1644 by Jusepe de Ribera, one of the greatest masters of the Spanish Baroque. Teresa is pictured at work on her mystical writings, which were profoundly influential. Ribera has her looking serenely over her shoulder towards a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit and divine inspiration, while a skull rests on her desk, a reminder of human mortality. 

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
  • Luis Paret y Alcázar, Portrait of the Artist’s Daughters María and Ludovica. Selling for $950,000.
    This newly discovered double portrait by Luis Paret is a unique and tender depiction of the artist’s daughters María and Ludovica and was painted as a pendant to the celebrated portrait of his wife, María de las Nieves Micaela Fourdinier, which is in the collection of the Prado museum in Madrid.

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
  • Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Two Angels with Emblems of Saint Augustine. Selling for $975,000.
    Painted for the Conventual Church of Saint Augustine in Seville, this painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo embodies the artist’s famously delicate and dreamy treatment of religious subjects as well as his painterly brushwork.

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
  • Jusepe de Ribera, called Lo Spagnoletto, and Workshop, Euclid. Selling for $595,000.
    Ribera painted a number of portraits of philosophers. The present work, however, is the only surviving example by the artist that can be convincingly identified as the ancient philosopher and mathematician Euclid.

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
  • The Master of Alzira, Saint John the Baptist. Selling for $175,000.
    This recently discovered painting of Saint John the Baptist in the wilderness is one of the finest known works by the so-called Master of Alzira, a Renaissance artist who worked in Valencia, Spain, during the mid-16th century.

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
  • Pere Teixidor, The Virgin and Child enthroned with Angels. Selling for $295,000.
    This impressive panel is by Pere Teixidor, the leading Gothic artist of the International Style working in Lérida, northwestern Catalonia, during the early 15th century.

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
  • Attributed to Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo, Portrait of a Young Girl. Selling for $325,000.
    The non finito quality of this portrait lends it a refreshing directness and familiarity. The dress of the young girl is painted with confident, almost impressionistic brushwork, granting the image a great sense of immediacy.

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
  • Juan de Arellano, Still Lifes of Flowers in a Wicker Basket. Selling for $625,000 the pair.
    This extraordinary pair of floral still lifes is by Juan de Arellano, the most successful painter of floreros during the Spanish Golden Age. Arellano’s compositions are typified by the liveliness of the floral arrangements and the sensuousness of the blossoms.  

    Masters Week
    26 January–2 February | New York
    Spanish Painting: A Selling Exhibition
    26 January–11 February | New York
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