One of Rembrandt’s final self-portraits nonetheless in personal arms is about to go on sale in Britain on Tuesday, with a information worth of 12 million-16 million kilos ($15 million-$21 million).
The work, “Self-portrait carrying a ruff and black hat,” will go below the hammer at Sotheby’s as a part of a 71-lot auction – “Rembrandt to Richter” – that includes over half a millennium of artwork historical past.
Only three of the Dutch grasp’s painted self-portraits stay in personal arms: The London auction home offered one in 2003, whereas one other is on long-term mortgage to the National Gallery of Scotland.
The work now obtainable, considered one of 80 Rembrandt created throughout his profession, is the earliest within the date of that trio.
It was painted towards the tip of 1632 when the 26-year-old was establishing himself in Amsterdam and having fun with his first flush of economic success.
“Rembrandt’s face is immediately recognizable to us at each stage of his maturity – much more so than another painter,” stated George Gordon, Sotheby’s co-chairman of Old Master Paintings Worldwide.
“We know that this portray was created in a remarkably brief time period as a result of he laid within the background first, however when he signed it upon completion, the background was nonetheless moist, so the signature is impressed into it by his brush.”
Tuesday’s auction, spanning the Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age by means of to pop artwork and postmodern abstraction, might be held beginning at four p.m. native time, with in-person attendance restricted because of the pandemic.
The items set for sale, together with works by German artist Gerhard Richter, Spanish artist Joan Miro and British artist Francis Bacon, have been on show at Sotheby’s since July 3.