The Dual Nature of Christ, Sandro Botticelli’s defining masterpiece Man of Sorrows


Dating to the cusp of the sixteenth century, Botticelli’s Man of Sorrows enriches our understanding of a Florentine artist best known for his beautiful Madonnas, captivating portraits, and enchanting allegorical and mythological scenes. In this painting, the viewer encounters Christ wearing a pleated crimson robe in a strictly frontal pose, set against a somber, dark background. It seamlessly blends Christ’s divinity and humanity into one, or in other words, his dual nature as both fully God and fully man. In this January’s marquee sale of Master Paintings and sculpture, Sotheby's is thrilled to be auctioning this magnificent masterpiece.

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