Measuring simply 6 ½ by 8 ⅜ inches (16 x 21cm), Abraham and the Angels is a profoundly lovely, gem-like portray on panel from 1646 that stands among the many most interesting works by Rembrandt ever to come back to public sale. The portray final appeared at public sale in London in 1848, when it bought for £64, and returns to the block this January with an estimate of $20/30 million. The work was just lately the principal topic of an exhibition on the Frick Museum in New York in 2017 devoted to Rembrandt’s depictions of Abraham from the Guide of Genesis.
Of the entire 136 biblical work Rembrandt produced, the current work is one among solely 5 remaining in non-public fingers, with the massive majority in distinguished museum collections. Amongst these biblical work, solely 29 depict Previous Testomony scenes, with the current panel representing one among solely two examples in non-public fingers – the opposite being a portrait of King Uzziah stricken with Leprosy, which resides within the Devonshire Assortment at Chatsworth Home. As such, Sotheby’s January public sale of Abraham and the Angels marks an exceedingly uncommon alternative for collectors to accumulate a masterpiece of this vital topic by the artist.
Simply this summer season, Sotheby’s achieved a brand new public sale file for a self-portrait by Rembrandt when Self-portrait of the artist bought for $18.7 million in our London sale Rembrandt to Richter (July 2020). In December 2018, the Louvre Abu Dhabi acquired the artist’s work Head of a younger man, with clasped fingers: Examine of the determine of Christ from a Sotheby’s London public sale for $12.1 million. The work, which was recognized as a Rembrandt within the Nineteen Thirties, belongs to a sequence of oil sketches known as his “Face of Jesus” group. Previous to that sale, the final biblical scene to look at public sale was Saint James the Larger from 1661, which bought for $25.8 million at Sotheby’s New York in 2007.
“We’re honored to be entrusted with this exceptionally lovely picture from one among Rembrandt’s celebrated Previous Testomony scenes. The topic of Abraham visited by three angels proved a fruitful supply for etchings and engravings, however this was Rembrandt’s solely portray of the story. Painted within the 1640s, when the artist was transferring right into a extra considerate and deeply emotional interval of his profession, this gem-like panel is an excellent instance of the artist’s skill to depict a fancy and transferring composition on a small scale. With the overwhelming majority of his biblical scenes in institutional collections, this can be very uncommon to see such a serious work at public sale – with this one making its final look practically 175 years in the past. Exterior of its rarity and situation, which is pristine, it’s among the many only a few works by the artist whose authorship has by no means been questioned and is an indeniable masterpiece by the artist.”
GEORGE WACHTER, SOTHEBY’S CHAIRMAN AND CO-WORLDWIDE HEAD OF OLD MASTER PAINTINGS
Whereas Rembrandt is basically recognized for his portraiture, these works had been only one facet of his inventive expression. It’s, arguably, in his historic scenes – comprising mythological, biblical and allegorical scenes, along with landscapes – the place he discovered the liberty to specific himself, and to experiment extra freely. Painted in 1646, throughout an emotionally-turbulent but extremely productive interval of his life, Abraham and the Angels depicts the exact second when God, the principal supply of sunshine within the scene, reveals to Abraham that his aged spouse Sarah will bear him a son, Isaac, inside a 12 months. We are able to nearly make out the smile on the disbelieving Sarah’s face, as she leans out of the door to their home and overhears the proclamation of the Lord.
As is typical of the artist’s work of the 1640s, wherein he moved away from the extremely Baroque idea of capturing probably the most dramatic occasion of a narrative, in favor of a extra delicate rendering worthy of considerate remark, Rembrandt selected for instance probably the most emotionally poignant second of the story – conveyed solely by gentle and a single, gently raised hand.
Along with being probably the most well-documented work by Rembrandt in existence, this work additionally boasts an impeccable provenance, practically unbroken from the 12 months after its execution to the current day. Traceable to a transaction in Amsterdam in 1647 between Martin van den Broeck and Andries Ackersloot, the image has handed by way of the collections of quite a few notable figures together with: Rembrandt’s former pupil Ferdinand Bol; seventeenth century service provider and Amsterdam mayor Jan Six; and with the American expatriate painter Benjamin West. After passing by way of a number of different fingers, together with the vital assortment of Sir Thomas Baring within the mid-Nineteenth century, the work entered the celebrated Pannwitz Assortment in Heemstede, later to be folded into the Aurora Belief – the place it had remained with the Pannwitz household for not less than 90 years. The portray has remained in the identical assortment because it was final bought privately in 2005.
The work has been publicly exhibited solely a handful of occasions through the years, just lately showing in Rembrandt’s Journey: Painter, Draftsman, Etcher on the Museum of Superb Arts, Boston & The Artwork Institute of Chicago in 2004, on the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin in 2006, and most just lately as the topic of the Divine Encounter: Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels on the Frick Museum in New York Metropolis in 2017.
Christie’s Previous Masters December 7, 2017
Additional main highlights provided within the sale embody a portrait of Petronella Buys (1610-1670) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam) from the Assortment of The Late Commandant Paul Louis Weiller (estimate: £1.5-2.5 million). Dated 1635, this portray was executed at a time when Rembrandt was flourishing, having established himself as a exceptional portraitist, in a position to seize likeness with better vigour and extra psychological depth than his rivals. The pendant to this image, a portrait of her husband Philips Lucasz, hangs within the Nationwide Gallery, London. The sale might be on view at Christie’s London from 2 to 7 December 2017.
Christie’s Previous Grasp s Night Sale on 5 July 2018
Christ Offered to The Folks (‘Ecce Homo’) is taken into account to be amongst Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn’s (1606 – 1669) most important achievements in any medium (estimate on request : within the area of $3 – 5million ) . One of many world’s most versatile, revolutionary, and influential artists, Rembrandt is considered by many as the best printmaker of any technology . Epitomizing an artist on the top of his powers, each artistically and technically, this extr aordinary drypoint of 1655 dates from his t hird decade as a printmaker . Executed on a monumental scale, t he current work is one among solely eight recognized impressions of the celebrated first state of this print and is the final recognized instance in non-public fingers . The opposite seven recognized impressions of this state are in main museum collections : Kupferstichkabinett der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, The British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, The Ashmolean Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Musée du Louvre (R othschild Assortment) and the Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Provided from The Assortment of the l ate Samuel Josefowitz , it’s on public view at Christie’s New York till 5 Might ; happening view in Hong Kong from 24 to twenty-eight Might after which in London from 15 to twenty-eight June and 30 June to five July , forward of being provided on the market throughout Christie’s Traditional Week in London, within the Previous Grasp s Night Sale on 5 July . A masterful work, Christ Offered to The Folks (‘Ecce Homo’) is an especially formidable work, in approach, materials and scale. The distinctive high quality of this impression highlights Rembrandt ’s refined command of drypoint, a way which makes use of a pointy needle to scratch the design onto a copper plate. The wealthy, velvety line it creates is especially expressive, however few actually superb impressions are potential since printing flattens the tiny shards of copper (often called ‘burr’) which maintain the ink. Impressions on unique papers had been extremely prized by collectors for his or her rarity, and by artist s for the way in which they held the ink; on this work Rembrandt used oriental paper, imported from Japan at nice exp ense by the East India Firm. International curiosity within the main Previous Masters continues to develop and Christie’s is proud to carry this magnificent drypoint to the open market at such an auspicious tim e. Christie’s is the market chief for works by the artist, having set the world file worth at public sale for Rembrandt when the oil Portrait of a person with arms akimbo bought for £20.2 million in 2009.