old master art


Christie’s is selling ‘old master’ paintings next week (see here).  Perusing through the lot – the below caught my eye and is easily the overall ‘winner.’ Has an academic feel. Love the concentration, contrast, realism; and, this monk scribe must have a story to tell.  Fantastic (with an extra $50-80K, I would buy it.)  The painting is by an artist known as “the Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds” – his work has been compared and confused with the work of Jusepe de Ribera and Caravaggio.

 A few more details copied below –

The artist known as the Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds was a Spanish painter who has been associated with a group of paintings of high quality recalling Jusepe de Ribera in their expressive and dynamic brushwork. The anonymous painter, like Ribera, favored humble subjects, which were depicted in a harshly realistic – though not unsympathetic – light. His palette is somber and his compositions are dramatically tenebrist, with the paint applied in rich impasto. His powerful influence on Neapolitan realism, however, has not led to an identification, though art historians have suggested such possibilities as Bartolomeo Bassante, Giovanni Do and Nunzio Rossi.

In a 1983 article on the topic of Duns Scotus, a painting traditionally attributed to Ribera at Hampton Court, Giuseppe de Vito explores its association with works by the Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, and sheds light on new findings about this artist (G. de Vito, ‘The Author of the Duns Scotus at Hampton Court’, Burlington Magazine, 968, November 1983, pp. 685-7, fig. 45). De Vito draws a comparison between the figure of the philosopher in the Hampton Court painting and the central figure in Christ among the Doctors (Powerscourt, Dublin), a painting formerly attributed to Caravaggio. He points out that the Powerscourt picture is almost identical to a painting of the same subject in Naples (Museo di Capodimonte), which was most recently ascribed to the Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds by Raffaello Causa. De Vito goes on to suggest a connection between the Naples painting and a rendering of a single figure in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, the Man in Meditation. The addition of this painting to the group is significant as it so closely resembles the present painting, strengthening the attribution to the Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds.

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October 8, 2006 at 5:58 am

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  3. Most excellent taste you have!

    “Fantastic (with an extra $50-80K, I would buy it.)”

    I know this is some years later, but I just found this page, so I checked out the amount realized for this piece on Christie’s website…Old Master, indeed!:



    June 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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