Drawings

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A Tribute to the great Francesco Primaticcio on his 508th Birthday

Francesco Primaticcio (1504-1570) is often omitted from the discussion of Italian mannerist artists, presumably because the majority of his career was spent in France.  His heritage however is wholly Italian, and he passed that heritage on to his French counterparts, whom he strongly influenced for most of the 16th and 17th centuries.  Primaticcio’s talents knew no … Continue reading

Auction Prices for Old Art Reach the Stratosphere

In the New York Times Art section of March 16, 2012, Souren Melikian, longtime art editor of The International Herald Tribune, reports on recent auction sales of art by the old masters at prices many times their estimates. He points out that “[t]he factor underlying the phenomenon is the unprecedented popularization of art. As art supplies shrink, … Continue reading