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Christie's set an auction record for the most famous leonardesque

Leonardo da Vinci himself was considered the author of the painting, which was not exhibited from 1865 until the mid-20th century.Auction house Christie's announced that it set a new world record for the works of Bernardino Luini - one of the most famous leonardeskov (that is, students and followers of Leonardo da Vinci). The bosom image of a saint with a palm branch and a book was sold for 1.2 million euros, more than three times the preliminary estimate.
This picture, which the general public has not seen since 1865, comes from the collection of the Duchess de Berry. It was believed that its author was Leonardo da Vinci himself, but in 1956, art historian Angela Ottino della Chiesa published a monograph on Luini, where this work was presented.About Bernardino Luini (c. 1480/82 - 1532) wrote that he "took from Leonardo as much as allowed him to absorb his roots." The artist was born in Dumensz in the north of Italy and arrived in Milan with his father around 1500th year. Luini was very prolific, the frescoes of his authorship are preserved in many cities in Italy. Since his style was very close to Leonardo, many of Luini’s works until the 20th century were attributed to Da Vinci. The leading art historian from Oxford, Matthew Landres, even believes that it was he who performed a significant part of the “Savior of the World” - the most expensive painting on the planet - and Leonardo belongs to “from five to twenty percent of the work.”
  • Bernardino Luini, "Madonna of the Vine" (early 16th century). Private collection
  • Bernardino Luini, "Madonna with Child, Saint George and the Angel" (beginning of the XVI century). Private collection
Over the past two years, Christie's has sold at auction two works by Bernardino Luini - and both in London. The panel "Madonna of the Vine" left in July 2016 for £ 362,500, and a year later, "Madonna and Child, Saint George and the Angel" - for 173 thousand. Also in the Arthive: Good question. Why did the “Madonna Litta” become the subject of discussion on the eve of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo and what does Boltraffio have to do with it?

Sir Thomas Lawrence, "Portrait of Maria Carolina de Bourbon-Sicilian, Duchess of Berry" (1825). Palace of Versailles
“A saint with a palm branch and a book” was intended for the home chapel, but its fate is replete with “white spots” and is reliably known only from the middle of the XIX century. The panel at one time belonged to Maria Carolina de Bourbon, Duchess of Berry (1798 - 1870). She was the wife of the nephew of King Louis XVIII of France and the mother of Count Henri Charles d'Artois, who claimed the French throne under the name of Henry V. The aristocrat became famous as a passionate collector and patron of the arts.

Scientists believe that the picture of Luini she got along with all the furniture of the palace Vendramines on the Grand Canal in Venice, who in 1844 bought her second husband, Prince Ettore Lucchesi-Palli. And since in the XIX century, the name of Bernardino Luini was almost completely forgotten, the work of such a quality as “Holy with a palm branch and a book” was considered the work of his teacher. Arkhiv: read us in Telegram and see on Instagram
According to the materials of the official website of the auction house Christie's and Artdaily