Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Mythological Beauty & Old Master Paintings at Auction Through February 4

SOTHEBY'S
HENDRICK DE CLERCK, THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS. ESTIMATE $250,000–350,000
Classical Greek and Roman mythology have inspired artists from the early Renaissance to the present, with its tales of romance, heroism, tragedy, and moral lessons learned by both gods and mortals. Along with religious subjects, mythological scenes were categorized as history paintings and held the highest rank in the hierarchy of artistic genres throughout the early modern period. These paintings required artists to be well-read in the classics and skilled in depicting the (often nude) human figure in complicated compositions. The following lots from the forthcoming Evening, Day and Online sales will take place through February 4. [More]