Christ Rediscovered — The Provocative Portrait Almost Lost to Art History

New York | 30 January

In this episode of Masterworks: Expert Voices, join David Pollack, Vice President, Old Master Paintings, as he recounts the rediscovery of Jan Sanders van Hemessen’s Christ as Triumphant Redeemer. Originally painted in the mid-16th century, this bright and provocative composition was overpainted with dark tones to hide the artist’s striking treatment of Christ in favor of a more modest portrayal. However, after being sold in a European auction, the painting underwent careful restoration to reveal the incredibly well-preserved original composition lying underneath. Christ is not portrayed here as a Man of Sorrows. The self-assured upright pose, prominent presentation of His wounds and idiosyncratic color scheme characterize Christ as a man as well as the Redeemer of the World. Christ as Triumphant Redeemer will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Master Paintings Evening Sale. (30 January | New York).

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