How Botticelli Inspired Francis Picabia’s Dreamlike World


A composition of exceptional complexity, ‘Médéa’ is one of the most sophisticated examples of Francis Picabia’s legendary ‘Transparencies’ series. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, learn how Picabia drew heavily from a great master of the Italian Renaissance and discover how the painting reveals one of the most famous episodes in Greek mythology. ‘Médéa’ is a highlight of the third edition of our Modernités sale (16 October | Paris). As the art world converges around the FIAC in Paris, our sale presents over 50 significant 20thcentury art works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Lucio Fontana, Fernand Léger and René Magritte. Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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