The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Monday, November 23, 2020


Rubens drawing fetches $8.2 mn at controversial auction
Sotheby's employees take phone bids on the Flemish Baroque Master Sir Peter Paul Rubens' drawing "Nude Study of a Young Man with Raised Arms" on January 30, 2019 at Sotheby's in New York. The winning bid for the drawing was $7 million. Don EMMERT / AFP.



NEW YORK (AFP).- A drawing by Flemish Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens sold for $8.2 million in an auction in New York on Wednesday that was criticized by some in the Netherlands who said the work should have been offered to a Dutch museum.

Sotheby's described the small, rectangular "Nude Study of a Young Man with Raised Arms" as a key piece in the development of one of the artist's pivotal commissions, and one of only a handful of drawings of comparable importance by Rubens to have come on the market in the last half century.

Depicting a muscular, nearly nude young man who strains as he pushes an unseen weight above his head, the drawing was used in the preparation of Ruben's famous "Raising of the Cross" triptych, painted in 1610.

It was acquired by the Dutch royal family in 1838 by Prince William of Orange, who became the Netherlands's King William II.

Unlike many monarchies, the Orange-Nassau dynasty, whose fortune Forbes magazine estimated to be $220 million in 2011, owns personal assets separate from the institution's official holdings.

Dutch museums responded with criticism in recent weeks after the announcement that several works of art from the royal collection would be put up for auction.

Some believed that Princess Christina, who owned the Rubens drawing sold Wednesday, should have given museums the chance to buy the work, which they see as part of Dutch cultural heritage, before selling it at auction abroad.

Members of the D66 party, which is part of the governing coalition, also expressed reservations about the sale, before Culture Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven cut short the debate, saying the decision of whether or not to sell a work of art was up to the owner.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte added it was a "private matter."

"It's an important distinction here that this drawing is actually the private property of a private individual," head of old master drawings at Sotheby's Greg Rubenstein.

"It doesn't belong to a royal collection or a public collection. As such, the owner is entirely able to do what they will, which includes selling."

After several hectic minutes marked by a bidding battle between an in-person buyer and another over the phone Wednesday, the drawing finally sold for $7 million, which came to a total of $8.2 million after fees and commissions -- much higher than Sotheby's $2.5 to $3.5 million estimate. The buyer was not identified.

The previous record for a drawing from a Dutch master was set during a 2014 Christie's sale in London, when the only known preparatory drawing from Ruben's "Samson and Delilah" went for 3.2 million pounds ($5.5 million).


© Agence France-Presse










Today's News

January 31, 2019

Rubens drawing fetches $8.2 mn at controversial auction

Rembrandt...? Attribution of two paintings in Mauritshuis Collection to be researched

Hamiltons exhibits rare and unseen vintage prints by Don McCullin

McNay Art Museum receives $175,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to support summer 2019 exhibition

Exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay looks back at the history of the 'Talisman' by Paul Sérusier

Christie's appoints Alex Heminway International Head of Design

An excellent start for BRAFA 2019

Kasmin exhibits three large-scale bronze works by Max Ernst

Sean Kelly announces representation of Kris Martin

Dr Kevin Fewster to step down as Director of Royal Museums Greenwich

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art receives magnificent donation from British artist Cecily Brown

Grammy-winning R&B singer James Ingram dies at 66

Kimbell Art Museum appoints new Curator of European Art

The Institute of Contemporary Arts opens Morag Keil's first major solo exhibition

MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna opens Mika Rottenberg's first Italian institutional solo exhibition

Fine autographs and artifacts featuring Presidents to be auctioned

Gary Hume's first one-person exhibition in Los Angeles in over twenty-five years opens at Matthew Marks

Masterpieces of Orientalist art offered at Bonhams 19th century picture sale in London

Artist Tania Kovats creates new public artwork for Bodleian Libraries

Dix Noonan Webb's February sale to include a group of medals linked to the Dambusters Raid

New £5.3 million Biggin Hill Memorial Museum opens

London's India Club, saved from developers, celebrates its history

Axes, armour, torches: Vikings feast on Scottish island

The Lou Gehrig Collection, historic bats, iconic Ali robes lead Heritage Auctions Platinum Night catalog





Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful