New YorkOld Master Drawings
As always, the January Old Master Drawings sale will include a wide range of works on paper from all the European schools, dating from the 15th to the mid-19th century, but this year the emphasis is very much on the Italian Renaissance. The indisputable star of the sale is the recently rediscovered and immensely important full compositional study by Andrea Mantegna for his painting of The Triumph of Alexandria, the second canvas in the great series of nine paintings representing The Triumph of Caesar, now in the British Royal Collection at Hampton Court Palace. These paintings, on which Mantegna worked from the 1480s until his death in 1506, are his greatest artistic achievement, and one of the marvels of the entire renaissance, and this drawing – one of only two by Mantegna that remain in private hands – is the only known preparatory drawing by the artist for the project that defines his legacy.
29 January 2020 | New York | full auction details
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