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19th to 21st April 2016 at Dorotheum: Major auction week of Old Master Paintings, 19th Century Paintings, Works of Art, and Jewellery.

Works of art of the highest quality – including a number of important rediscoveries – will provide the focal point of the upcoming major Dorotheum auction week between 19th - 21st April 2016, featuring Old Master Paintings and 19th Century Paintings, Works of Art and Jewellery.

Sacred and profane
Among the most significant paintings in the auction of Old Masters on 19th April 2016 will be “The Nativity”, from the workshop of Hans Memling, one of the most important late 15th century Flemish painters among the successors of Roger van Weyden (estimate €1,200,000 – €1,800,000). Dating to a similar period, is a painting from Florence, Jacopo de Sellaio’s tondo “Holy Family with the infant Saint John“ (€180,000 – €220,000).

Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s “Winter landscape with birdtrap“, a winter scene that would become one of the most popular subjects of landscape painting, will provide another highlight of the auction. The picture shows a deceptive idyll: the ice the people are moving across is actually very fragile and the bird trap, the impending calamity, can snap shut in the blink of an eye (€700,000 – €900,000).

The auction also features several important new rediscoveries, including Guido Reni´s “Christ carrying the Cross” (€400,000-600,000) which offers an insight into the artist’s early period and represents a significant addition to the artist’s œuvre (€400,000 – €600,000). “Saint Peter visiting Saint Agatha” by the hand of the celebrated Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano (€120,000 – €150,000), and the to date entirely unrecorded, “Holy Family with Saint Anne“ by Huybrecht Bueckeleer, which comes from a South German private collection (each € 150,000 – €200,000).

Also standing out among the Italian selection is a large-format painting of “Susanna and the Elders” by Andrea Vaccaro, as well as a “Saint Jerome“ by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Il Guercino (each €100,000 – €150,000).

Johann Georg Platzer’s many-figure allegory on art discourse, “In the painter’s studio”, displays its creator’s abilities and in the manner of Flemish marriage painting, he inserted his own portrait into the canvas (€150,000 – €200,000).

Hendrik van Balen demonstrates his talent as a figure painter, which he used to populate the landscapes of painters such as Jan Brueghel I and II., Frans Francken, Frans Snyders or Joos de Momper. In his mythological “Minerva visiting the Nine Muses”, a reference to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, van Balen worked with Jan Brueghel I. Among German and Dutch 17th century Mannerists the subject was quite popular, as it afforded them the opportunity to depict female nudes and exotically dressed women in combination with precious musical instruments arranged into fanciful scenarios (€300,000 – €500,000).

Pieter Brueghel II The Bird Trap: VIDEO Please use and share

Workshop of Hans Memling Nativity: VIDEO Please use and share


AUCTION WEEK 19th - 21st April 2016
Old Master Paintings Tue 19th April 2016 5 p.m.
Works of Art (Furniture, Sculpture, Glass, Porcelain) Wen 20th April 2016 2 p.m.
Jewellery Thu 21st April 2016 2 p.m.
19th Century Paintings Thu 21st April 2016 5 p.m.

Public Viewing from Sat 9th April 2016
Venue Palais Dorotheum, Vienna 1, Dorotheergasse 17


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