May 18, 2022 9:38 pm

Christ by Botticelli: A “Portrait of Suffering” Sold for $45.4 Million

Other portrait of jesus shook the art market again less than five years after Salvator Mundi, painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, will reach the record of 450 million dollars: the man of sorrows, from Sandro Botticelli, sold today at Sotheby’s in New York for 45.5 million.

The seven-minute dispute between three bidders culminated in applause as David Pollack lowered the hammer in a “phygital” (physical and digital) auction broadcast liveGentileza Sotheby’s

Although the figure represents barely 10 percent of that registered in 2017 by Salvator Mundi, it is one of the highest values ​​reached by a renaissance painting. Last year his Portrait of a young man holding a medallion It was sold at the same auction house for $92.1 million, a figure that was nine times its previous mark and placed second on the “top five” list of pieces of art. Old Masters.

Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Medallion, a painting created by Sandro Botticelli 550 years ago, sold last year at Sotheby's for $92.1 million.
Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Medallion, a painting created by Sandro Botticelli 550 years ago, sold last year at Sotheby’s for $92.1 million.Gentileza Sotheby’s

The seven-minute dispute between three bidders culminated in applause when David Pollack lowered the hammer in a auction “phygital” (physical and digital) broadcast live. The painting, made around 1500, had been in the same private collection since it was bought at auction in 1963 for £10,000 ($28,000).

In 2017 Salvator Mundi, a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, reached the record of 450 million dollars
In 2017 Salvator Mundi, a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, reached the record of 450 million dollarsAFP

“Despite last year’s historic sale, Botticelli’s works, from any era, remain extremely rare at auction. His late works, in particular, rarely appear in the market, and only three others from this period (after 1492) are known to be in private hands,” said a statement released by Sotheby’s.

Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, circa 1485
Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, circa 1485Gentileza Uffizi Galleries

the man of sorrows Botticelli’s is one of the most powerful and sobering works I have ever come across,” observed Christopher Apostle, head of the Department of Old Master Paintings at Sotheby’s in New York. Although apparently religious, it is a painting of enormous humanity, a portrait of human suffering and spirituality who speaks a Universal language. Today’s result is not only a testament to its power and importance, but also to the timelessness of works painted some 500 years ago.”

Spring by Sandro Botticelli, c.  1480
Spring by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1480Gentileza Uffizi Galleries

famous author of the Spring (circa 1480), the birth of venus (c. 1485) and the Annunciation (1489-90) -allegories exhibited today in the Uffizi Galleries in Florence-, was nicknamed “the little barrel”. According to one version, because his older brother had been nicknamed “Botticello” for being short, wide and fond of drinking. At the beginning of that glorious decade he was also summoned by Pope Sixtus IV to join the group of select artists who would paint frescoes on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, where he captured The temptation of Christ.

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