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Botticelli’s masterpiece sold for $ 10.4 million

Botticelli's masterpiece

Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John – Botticelli’s masterpiece sold for $ 10.4 million

Botticelli’s masterpiece sold for $ 10.4 million

Masterpiece by Florentine Botticelli Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John, sometimes known as the Rockefeller Madonna, because it was for 50 years in the collection of the Rockefeller family. Botticelli’s masterpiece sold for $ 10.4 million at Christie’s on January 30, 2013. In the Rockefeller family it was from the 1930’s, and then kept in a private New York collection. Organizers had hoped for its trades $ -7 million, but the final cost considerably surpassed appraisal painting. Among other precious lots – 51 paintings, including masterpieces by FRA Bartolomeo, Agnolo Bronzino, and Lucas Cranach the younger, Claude Lorrain, Francois Boucher, Jean Antoine Watteau, Thomas Gainsborough, Theodore Gericault and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

"Madonna and child" by Fra Bartolomeo

“Madonna and child” by Fra Bartolomeo

Botticelli's masterpiece

The Embroiderer by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (Paris 1699-1779). $4,002,500

View of the Campidoglio, Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome), price $3,442,500

View of the Campidoglio, Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome), price $3,442,500

The "battle of ten naked» Antonio del Pollaiolo

The “battle of ten naked» Antonio del Pollaiolo

Painting by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510):

Madonna and Child. Painting by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)

Madonna and Child. Painting by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), Italian painter, one of the most notable artists of the * Renaissance. He was a pupil of Filippo * Lippi, whose graceful linear style he raised to new heights. Apart from a visit to Rome in 1481-2, when he worked on frescoes on the walls of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, almost all his career was spent in Florence. Little is known of his life there, but he was patronized by the greatest families in Florence as well as by the civic authorities and some of the city’s most prestigious churches.

Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, c. 1470–1475, Louvre

Botticelli’s masterpiece Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, c. 1470–1475, Louvre

Most of his pictures are of religious subjects, but he also painted portraits, mythological scenes, and allegories, and (unusually for the time) he made drawings intended as finished works of art in their own right. His most famous and original works are his mythological paintings, and he was the first artist since antiquity to paint mythological subjects on a scale and with a dignity hitherto reserved for religious works.

Madonna della Melagrana

Botticelli’s masterpiece Madonna della Melagrana

Chief among them are two great masterpieces in the Uffizi in Florence, Primavera (c. 1478) and The Birth of Venus (c. 1485)—supremely graceful works that have become so famous that they are practically symbols of the Renaissance. Botticelli’s late works are usually more solemn and intense; in the last decade of his life his style was considered out of date and he died poor and neglected. It was only in the second half of the 19th century that he was rediscovered and his refined, elegant figures became an inspiration for the Pre-Raphaelites and a major source of influence on Art Nouveau.

Botticelli’s masterpiece sold for $ 10.4 million

Madonna with lilies and eight angels, c. 1478

Botticelli’s masterpiece Madonna with lilies and eight angels, c. 1478

Portrait of a young woman, 1484

Botticelli’s masterpiece Portrait of a young woman, 1484

Sources:
Norwich John Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Arts
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