The world-famous auction house is holding one of its regular auctions of Old Masters artworks. While I don’t have spare hundreds of thousands of pounds to buy one of these items, it does give a good chance to find works that may previously have been unknown or hidden away.
Some paintings of interest for the era and locations this blog covers include:
The Card Players, by a follower of Lucas van Leyden (shown above). Oh my god guys, I spent a YEAR hunting for a colour copy of this painting so I could use it to recreate the coat of the lady in the foreground. And now there’s a version I can zoom in on? Heaven! It was previously in a private collection in the UK (the house of a Lord, forget which). Hopefully it will be purchased by a museum so I can go see the original someday.
A diptych portrait of Leonard (Lenaert) van Casembroot (1495-1558), Burgomaster of Bruges, and (possibly) Godelieve Brest (1510-1570), by the circle of Pieter Pourbus. Dated at 1547, it’s slightly outside the era this blog covers, but still a lovely image, and will help nicely with a project I have planned for next year..
The Virgin in Prayer, by a follower of Albrecht Durer. This reads as a Dutch/Flemish dress to me, due to the square neck and the slim sleeves with the small bell-cuff. At least should be included in a survey of styles that I’m interested in.
The Virgin and Child with Saints and kneeling Donors, attributed to the South German school. I’m interested in the saint in the far left side of the image, looks similar to Saints painted by Gerard David.
Portrait of Théodore de Bèze (1519-1605) by Frans Pourbus I
A triptych: central panel: The Entombment; the wings: The Road to Cavalry, and The Resurrection, Antwerp School, 1530. interesting to me for two figures in the central panel, one wearing one of those those padded rolls on her head (need to make one soonish), and the woman iwth the slashed sleeves.
There’s a few outdoor scenes similar to the well-known images by Breugel, including:
Saint George’s Day by Martin van Cleeve. A lovely market scene with lots of detail of peasants/towns people going about their business
The Presentation of Wedding Gifts, by someone in the circle of Martin van Cleeve. Similar to the above painting, it has details on peasant/towns people at a table. I love the festive outdoors nature of the picture. Something to aim for in our camping events.
The Blessing of the Bridal Bed, Marten van Cleve.
A wooded landscape with figures dancing and merry-making in a village by Lucas van Valckenborch I