Sandro Botticelli’s portrait of a wealthy and handsome young man, described as one of the greatest Renaissance paintings left in private hands, is expected to cost more than $80 million ( 63 million pounds).
Sotheby’s Auction House said that this is the highest estimate of the oldest master painting ever, reflecting its importance and rarity.
George Wachter, Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Old Masters, said: “Our̵
The auction house considers this to be one of the most important portraits of all time, with Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer II” (sold for $87.9 million in 2006) and Paintings such as Van Gogh’s “Portrait of Doctor Gachet” (sold for $82.5 million). In 1990, another world record was set.
Most of Botticelli’s works are in the largest museums in the world, and only a dozen are portraits. Sotheby’s said that the portrait will be sold in New York in January, with the Cosimo Il Vecchio de’ Medici Medal and National Portrait at the Uffizi gallery in Florence. The portrait of Giuliano de Medici is just as important. Art in Washington DC.
In the 1930s, the portrait “Young Man Holding a Ship” was recorded in the collection of Lord Newborough of Carnarvon, Wales. It is believed that this was purchased by his ancestor Sir Thomas Wynn (the first Lord Newborough) while living in Tuscany.
It is obviously hanging in the front hall unknown to the outside world, and its importance is not recognized.
It was purchased by a dealer who sold it to a private collector, whose heir sold it to the current collector at an auction in 1982 for £810,000.
In the past 50 years, it has provided long-term loans to the National Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, and the Städel Museum in Frankfurt.
Experts say that the young man’s face embodies the ideals of Renaissance beauty, and his wavy, center-divided long hair was originally the height of fashion.
His tunic looks moderate, but the dark fuchsia is difficult to achieve, which shows that he is rich and high society.
If this painter is not fascinated by the religious fanatic Girolamo Savonarola, there will be more Botticelli paintings in the world. The painter burned several of his paintings in the “Vanity Bonfire” in 1497, but kindly did not. They are the two most famous and popular paintings in the world, “The Birth of Venus” and “Prima” Vera.
Although the saint’s circle or medal he depicted may contain clues that have not been coded, the identity of the young man is unclear.
The circular album is particularly interesting and distinctive because it is an original work from the 14th century, attributed to the Sienese painter Bartolomeo Bulgarini (Bartolomeo Bulgarini), which was carefully inserted into the panel where Botticelli painted portraits in.
One suggestion is that Botticelli deliberately compares the handsome vitality of young people with the sobriety of aging saints.
Over the years, it has been suggested that this young man may be one of Botticelli’s most important patrons, Lorenzo’s brother, Giovanni de Medici.
Sotheby’s said that the portrait not only embodies the Renaissance in Florence, but also “eternally modern” because of its bold colors and simplicity.
Vocht said: “This is a painting that transcends the normal boundaries of the traditional master genre.” It is “one of the best-preserved and most exquisite classical Renaissance portraits anyone wants to own.”
Christopher Apostle, head of the former owner department of the New York auction house, said that no other painter evokes the golden age of the Florentine Renaissance more than Botticelli.
“His nymphs, goddesses, virgins and saints are full of our imagination and represent the revival of science, art and literature that laid the foundation of the modern world in this city.
“However, in his portrait, Botticelli opened the window to the world of the Renaissance in Florence most clearly-never more so than in “Young Man Holding a Large Round Bottle”, this painting includes Defining the regeneration of Italians’ knowledge, politeness and human virtues.”