Last year, Dorotheum had a big score with a Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia which significantly out-performed estimates to make €1.9m. In their April 30th Old Master sale, the Vienna auction house Dorotheum will bring a number of works by followers of Caravaggio to market. Among them will be another Gentileschi:
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was one of the most influential artists of all time, profoundly inspiring painters from all over Europe with his innovative, dramatic use of light and his fresh realistic presentation of his subject matter. The followers of his style, the so-called Caravaggisti, encountered his bold approach and several important works painted by the earliest of the Caravaggisti are to be offered in Dorotheum’s Old Master Paintings sale.
Following Dorotheum’s record sale of Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Lucretia’ last year, reaching 1.9 million euros, the house will present another significant work by the pioneering Renaissance female artist this April. ‘Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy’ (estimated at €400,000 – €600,000) is a painting from Gentileschi’s later body of work, estimated to date back to the 1640’s with the assistance of Onofrio Palumbo.