Wednesday, November 18, 2020

$10 M. Botticelli Painting Reportedly Disappears During Ownership Dispute

A Botticelli Madonna and Child, owned by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, that is similar to the one that has allegedly disappeared. AP PHOTO/MATT ROURKE
As part of an ongoing legal saga, a Sandro Botticelli painting disappeared, with one of its co-owners being unable to locate it, according to a report in the Guardian. Madonna and Child (1485), which is attributed to the studio of Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli and is said to be worth at least $10 million, first came to the art world’s attention in 2007 when it was to be included in an exhibition at the now-defunct Salander-O’Reilly Galleries in New York’s Upper East Side neighborhood. But days before the show was to open, federal marshals raided the gallery as part of an investigation of fraud into the gallery’s owner, Larry Salander, who had recently filed for bankruptcy. [More]
"Madonna with Child also called Madonna della loggia" (1466-1467) by Sandro Botticelli, owned by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence