27 juin 2017

Rubens House presents David Bowie's Tintoretto

Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594), Angel Foretelling the Martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1560-1570), photo KIK-IRPA. ANTWERP.- The Rubens House has unveiled David Bowie’s Tintoretto. The British rock star owned St Catherine by the Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1518–1594) for over 30 years. Following Bowie’s death in 2016, his exceptional art collection was auctioned on 10 November that same year at Sotheby’s in London. There was one noteworthy old master amongst the modern and contemporary works by the likes... [Lire la suite]

19 juin 2017

Rijksmuseum exhibits examples of Dutch micro-carving from the late Middle Ages

Installation view. Photo Rijksmuseum.  AMSTERDAM.- They are among the most sophisticated, mysterious and unknown works of Dutch art: the masterfully carved figurines, miniature shrines, coffins, skulls and prayer nuts of boxwood from the 16th century. They are often no larger than a few tens of millimetres and were intended purely for private use. About 130 examples are still in existence today. No fewer than 60 of them from around the world will be on display at the Rijksmuseum during the 'Small Wonders'... [Lire la suite]
23 mai 2017

Renaissance Venice. The Triumph of Beauty and the Destruction of Painting at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Palma Vecchio (Jacopo Negretti), Portrait of a young woman known as "La Bella", ca. 1518-20. Oil on canvas. 95 x 80 cm © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid MADRID - From 20 June to 24 September 2017, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is hosting Renaissance Venice. The Triumph of Beauty and the Destruction of Painting, an exhibition devoted to Venetian art of the sixteenth century – its first zenith – and featuring nearly 100 works by artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Bassano, Giorgione and Lotto. It sets out to show how the... [Lire la suite]
15 mai 2017

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum hosts two important works executed by El Greco

 El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) (Candia, Crete, 1541-Toledo, 1614), Portrait of Antonio de Covarrubias y Leiva & Portrait of Diego de Covarrubias y Leiva, c. 1600. Oil on canvas, 68 x 57 cm, Museo del Greco, Toledo.  BILBAO.- The presentation of two important works from the collection of the Museo del Greco (Toledo), Portrait of Antonio de Covarrubias y Leiva and Portrait of Diego de Covarrubias y Leiva, two oil paintings of the same size (68 x 57 cm) executed by El Greco around... [Lire la suite]
02 mai 2017

A German parcel-gilt silver beaker, Jonas Silber, Nuremberg, circa 1572/1576

Lot 70. A German parcel-gilt silver beaker, Jonas Silber, Nuremberg, circa 1572-1576. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. fitted with male and female portrait medallions enclosed by engraved hatched arabesques, embossed with lobes above leaf chased foot; 8.5cm., 3 1/4 in. high; 180gr., 5oz. 16dwt. Note: An identical beaker, probably the example here, is illustrated by Karin Tebbe et al. Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst 1541-1868, Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Nuremberg, 2007, no.... [Lire la suite]
02 mai 2017

A German silver-gilt beaker, maker's mark lacking, Nuremberg, circa 1540

Lot 48. A German silver-gilt beaker, maker's mark lacking, Nuremberg, circa 1540. Estimate 6,000 — 8,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. applied and engraved with profile medallions in the manner of Virgil Solis interrupted by  scrolling foliage, embossed lobes, detachable vase stem and foot, underside initialled AH AR, also struck twice with early 19th century Prussian control marks, the associated cover of conforming style with St Andrew finial and incorporating accollee armorials dated 1619, maker’s mark... [Lire la suite]

02 mai 2017

A continental parcel-gilt mounted coconut cup and cover, late 16th century

Lot 47. A continental parcel-gilt mounted coconut cup and cover, maker's mark DH conjoined in a circular surround, town mark a lion rampant to left in a circular surround, late 16th century. Estimate 6,000-7,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the body and cover rims engraved with hatched foliage in strapwork reserves,  mask and helmeted figure forming the straps, on a bracketed vase stem and domed foot cast and chased with fruit and strapwork, warrior figure finial  marked on body, cover and foot; 28cm, 11in. high. ... [Lire la suite]
26 avril 2017

A German silver-gilt cup and cover, Heinrich Jonas, Nuremburg, circa 1593-1602

Lot 10. A German silver-gilt cup and cover, Heinrich Jonas, Nuremburg, circa 1593-1602; 32.4cm., 12 3/4 in. high; 367gr., 11oz. 14dwt. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the cover with waisted and girdled pedestal surmounted by a warrior, the body of flaring beaker form, chased with three vignettes depicting a horse, a stag, and a unicorn among fruiting and foliate strapwork, the compressed knopped stem spreading on to an embossed double-domed foot, marked on... [Lire la suite]
14 avril 2017

A Venetian enamelled and gilt glass pilgrim flask, almost certainly early 16th century

Lot 60. A Venetian enamelled and gilt glass pilgrim flask, almost certainly early 16th century.  Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.  of flattened form with a bulbous lower section each side applied with a gilt spiralled glass medallion with green and blue enamel dots, enlivened with small gilt and blue rosettes, the side affixed with two gilt-glass loops flanking a gilt-lozenge reserving green, blue and red enamel dots, the neck with a band of... [Lire la suite]
29 mars 2017

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Christ being Nailed to the Cross

Lot 3024. Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Christ being Nailed to the Cross, pen and brown ink, within drawn brown ink framing lines, on paper, Watermark: Trident, 29.2 by 20.6 cm, 11 1/2  by 8 1/8  in. Estimate 1,500,000 — 2,000,000 HKD (182,494 - 243,325 EUR) Photo: Sotheby's Provenance: Collection of John Bouverie (1723-50), L.325.Christie's London, 20th July 1859, lot 35.The Douglas-Hamilton Collection.The Fellowes Collection.Collection of Dr... [Lire la suite]