Following the record-setting $92 million sale of a Sandro Botticelli portray final yr, Sotheby’s is bringing one other Fifteenth-century portrait by the Renaissance artist to the public sale block. The home introduced it should promote the portray, titled Man of Sorrows (ca. 1500), in January 2022 throughout an Outdated Masters night sale on the home’s New York headquarters. The work will come to public sale secured with a assure, and it’s anticipated to attain $40 million.
The sale of the $92 million work, a portrait titled Younger Man Holding a Roundel, is credited with offering a jolt to the masterpiece market. Sotheby’s sale of Man of Sorrows equally appears to be like to breathe new life right into a class that had been thought of sleepy by many.
Man of Sorrows is a bust-length portrait of a thorn-crowned Christ, whose head is ringed by flying angels that type a halo. Throughout the late Fifteenth century and early sixteenth century, as Botticelli entered the ultimate phases of his life, the artist’s religion intensified. He started producing non secular portraits that deviated from his secular earlier works, most of which had been work of Florentine nobles.
In response to Christopher Apostle, head of Sotheby’s Outdated Grasp Work division in New York, there are solely three recognized late-period portraits by Botticelli, making this one a uncommon work inside the Renaissance artist’s oeuvre. “Throughout the ultimate decade of his life, Botticelli’s output was markedly completely different from his earlier profession, which is commonly characterised because the epitome of Renaissance beliefs of humanism and sweetness,” Apostle mentioned in an announcement. The specialist described the work as a “remarkably sensible portrayal of Christ symbolizing his struggling and demise.”
The portray is predicted to fetch the second-highest worth achieved for the artist at public sale. It may outpace The Rockefeller Madonna (c. sixteenth century), which doubled its estimate when it bought for $10.4 million at Christie’s in 2013.
“To deliver to public sale a piece by Botticelli of this high quality is a significant occasion on the planet of Outdated Masters,” George Wachter, Sotheby’s chairman and co-world broad head of Outdated Masters, mentioned an announcement.
The work involves sale from an American assortment. It has not modified arms because it appeared at public sale in 1963, when it bought for £10,000. In response to Sotheby’s, historian Federico Zeri recognized the portray as an autograph work by Botticelli when it was bought practically half a century in the past. It has been exhibited publicly solely as soon as in current reminiscence, in 2009, at a particular exhibition on the Städel Museum in Frankfurt.
The Botticelli will likely be unveiled to the general public at Sotheby’s Hong Kong outpost, then will go on tour to the public sale home’s places in Los Angeles, London, and Dubai earlier than its sale in New York.