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  • BOTTICELLI’S ROCKEFELLER MADONNA AT CHRISTIE’S IN JANUARY

    Botticelli’s Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist at Christie’s. (Click on image to enlarge).  UPDATE: IT MADE $10.4 MILLION, A WORLD RECORD FOR THE ARTIST

    Sandro Botticelli’s Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist is a highlight at Christie’s Renaissance auction in New York on January 30 next. Widely referred to as the Rockefeller Madonna it was acquired by John D. Rockefeller from Lord Duveen in the early 1930’s. It remained with the Rockefellers for about 50 years and has latterly been in a private New York collection.
    Intended for private devotional use, the work depicts the Virgin and Child with the young Saint John the Baptist. This was a popular subject in Florence where he was the patron saint of the city. The tender sentiment between mother and child is combined with an allusion to the Resurrection theme, represented by the tomb-like structure, illustrated in a classical relief, just behind the central figures. The diaphanous veil which covers Madonna’s head and shoulders signifies her purity, as this was the traditional head covering of unmarried Florentine women. The landscape is rendered as a bird’s-eye view from the loggia bathed in a gentle sunset light.
    The painting has been featured in museum exhibitions including the 2004 exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence entitled Botticelli and Filippino, Passion and Grace in Fifteenth-Century Florentine Painting. It is estimated at $5 – 7 million.

    UPDATE: IT MADE $10.4 MILLION, A WORLD RECORD FOR THE ARTIST.

     

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