Auction of Old Master Paintings & Drawings on May 22, 2019
Neapolitan 17th Century Depiction of the Penitent Magdalene Achieves $106,250
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a successful auction of Old Master Paintings & Drawings on May 22, 2019 that attracted international competition from bidders on both sides of the Atlantic. The sale showcased a wide range of landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects from the Italian Renaissance through the early 19th century. They were offered as a featured section of a sale that included English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts.
With competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones, and via the Internet, the auction totaled a strong $1,477,656, surpassing its estimate of $872,850-1,370,700 with an exceptional 92% sold by lot and 98% sold by value.
Highlighting the sale was a depiction of the Penitent Magdalene that attracted international attention, sending the painting soaring to $106,250 after heated bidding. With its expressive juxtapositions of brilliant light and profound shadow, the work presented a classic image of Italian chiaroscuro painting. This vivid evocation of religious fervor, with the saint’s dramatic turn upward as if responding to the call of a voice from heaven, was clearly by a follower of Caravaggio working in Naples in the 1620s.
Jean-Bernard Restout (1732-1797), one of a family of distinguished French painters, won the coveted Rome Prize to study in the Eternal City in 1755. After returning to Paris, he was agréé (“approved”) by the Royal Academy – the first step toward formal membership – with his submission of a painting in the auction that realized $43,750. The large-scale work celebrates the ancient Greek poet Anacreon, known for his lyrical evocations of love and conviviality.
An extraordinarily complex allegory of the Admonishment of Time was undoubtedly intended for an erudite audience. Its interweaving of Latin poetry, allusions to antique sculpture and Catholic theology suggest that it was commissioned by a humanist scholar in the Netherlands during the late 16th century. It found an eager audience of bidders at the sale, who drove the work to $20,000.
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