Victoria and her famous husband David Beckham occasionally purchase works of art, but they are reportedly more interested in contemporary artists such as Sam Taylor Wood, Banksy and Tracy Emin. For the first time, a designer will try his hand at curatorial work of this kind. She said that a recent visit to the museum caused her interest in the old masters.Victoria Beckham in a boutique on Dover Street between “Portrait of a man in a spotted fur collar” by Lukas Cranach and “Portrait of a lady in profile” by a painter from the circle of Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Chris Floyd / Sotheby's “I first visited the Frick Collection in New York last year, and this visit really opened my eyes to the old masters. It was there that my passion began, ”explained the 44-year-old star in the preamble to the project.
Beckham decided to focus on portraits. They are hung on all three levels of her stylish flagship boutique. The designer selected paintings of some of the most famous artists of different genres and eras - from the Renaissance and the Golden Age of Holland to the British of the XVIII century.Portrait of a man in a spotted fur collarLukas Cranach the Elder1510s, 48.3 × 36.5 cm. Among them - “Portrait of a man in a spotted fur collar” by Lukas Cranach, previously estimated at 1.5 - 2 million pounds sterling (2 - 2.8 million US dollars). This is a rare early work, probably written before the end of the first decade of the XVI century. The artist used a panel of Baltic oak for her, which is very unusual for him. Scientists believe that the image was created during the artist's trip to the Netherlands in 1508. This conjecture is confirmed by the fact that the family motto of this richly dressed young man is written in Dutch, and not in German. However, it has not been possible to firmly determine the identity of the model.
Another “star” of the auction catwalk will be “Portrait Portrait - a realistic genre depicting an actual person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more of the Venetian aristocrat "Peter Paul Rubens with an estimate of 3-4 million pounds sterling (4.1-5.5 million US dollars).
Obviously, this is a copy of the Venetian prototype, but the artist presented his own idea of a strong Italian nobleman, a Renaissance man who was used to leadership. In the XVIII century, the picture was considered a portrait of the unknown. In the middle of the XIX century, it was described as a portrait of brother Rubens, and by the end of the same century the model was identified as Doge Giovanni I Cornaro. This theory turned out to be very tenacious, despite the lack of evidence and a lot of inconsistencies.
Left: Peter Paul Rubens, "Portrait of a Venetian Aristocrat." Private collection
According to the official website of the auction house Sotheby's and artnet News. Main Illustration: Chris Floyd / Sotheby's