- Title: Long-lost Italian painting found in kitchen could fetch $6 mln at French auction
- Date: 24th September 2019
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LONG-LOST 13TH CENTURY PAINTING BY ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ARTIST CIMABUE OLD MASTERS SPECIALIST, ERIC TURQUIN, OBSERVING PAINTING TURQUIN POINTING TO SHADE OF BLUE OF CHRIST'S ROBE (SOUNDBITE) (English) OLD MASTERS SPECIALIST, ERIC TURQUIN, HOLDING REPRODUCTION OF CIMABUE'S "CHRIST MOCKED" PAINTING, SAYING: "This is an important piece in the world's art history because this is a picture where you see the artist Cimabue changing the lines, pushing the lines much forward. He is starting from an icon, from a Greek picture with a very archaic gold background, with this kind of childish architecture with no perspective and he's introducing humanity into it. Our Christ, his Christ here is a real human and he has this marvellous gesture of abandonment, you know of letting his hands fall, his arms fall along his body, and he has this very grand look of abandonment also. He knows he's arrested, that he's going to go to the Passion." VARIOUS OF CIMABUE'S PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) OLD MASTERS SPECIALIST, ERIC TURQUIN, HOLDING REPRODUCTION OF CIMABUE'S "CHRIST MOCKED" PAINTING, SAYING: "In this painting the first thing you see is a crowd, many people, about 20 people and they are surrounding this central figure, the man with the blue coat slightly taller than the ones and slightly detached. So here is Christ with this kind of I would say almost majestic attitude of abandonment and around him is the crowd who is trying to arrest him, and they have arrested him and with a stick they are putting a crown of thorns on his head. And you have also a very strong insistence by the painter on the swords, on the arms that are here." VARIOUS OF CIMABUE'S PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) OLD MASTERS SPECIALIST, ERIC TURQUIN, HOLDING REPRODUCTION OF CIMABUE'S "CHRIST MOCKED" PAINTING, SAYING: "Basically, he's very influenced, he's on this current that was created by Francis of Assisi, who we call Saint Francis, who introduced humanity. They are the creators of humanism and Cimabue is a crucial painter because he is the first to have done that. In paintings, like in any other arts, the first person who does something, who pushes line is the important person, is the creator. That's what Cimabue is." VARIOUS OF CIMABUE'S PAINTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) OLD MASTERS SPECIALIST, ERIC TURQUIN, HOLDING REPRODUCTION OF CIMABUE'S "CHRIST MOCKED" PAINTING, SAYING: "This picture is part of a set of eight pictures of the same size, all about the life of Christ. One of them, which is the "Madonna Enthroned", which is the mother of Christ, which is the National Gallery in London, and one which is a flagellation which is in the Frick Collection in New York. Both of them, same measurements with the same points there, with the same black separation and they are all painted on the same panel, on poplar panel." CIMABUE'S "CHRIST MOCKED" CIMABUE'S "CHRIST MOCKED" BETWEEN REPRODUCTIONS OF CIMABUE'S "MADONNA ENTHRONED" AND "THE FLAGELLATION OF CHRIST" CIMABUE'S "MADONNA ENTHRONED" CIMABUE'S PAINTINGS CIMABUE'S "THE FLAGELLATION OF CHRIST"
- Embargoed: 8th October 2019 17:34
- Keywords: Italian painting 13th century Italian master early Renaissance artist Cimabue "Christ Mocked" painting Compiegne
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
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- Story Text:A long-lost painting by a 13th century Italian master discovered in the kitchen of an elderly French woman has been valued at up to six million euros and will be sold at auction next month.
The "Christ Mocked" painting by early Renaissance artist Cimabue was valued at 4 to 6 million euros ($6.6 million) by Paris old masters specialist Eric Turquin and will be sold by auction house Acteon in Senlis, north of Paris, on Oct. 27.
For years, the painting had hung close to a cooking plate in the kitchen of an elderly lady in Compiegne, north of Paris. It was found to be a Cimabue when an auction house specialist came to value her possessions.
Turquin said there was no doubt about the authenticity of the painting, as it was in the style of the Italian master and tunnels made by woodworms in the poplar wood panel match those of two similar Cimabues, a "Madonna Enthroned" in London's National Gallery and "The Flagellation of Christ" in the Frick Collection in New York.
The painting, executed in egg tempera, shows the figure of Christ surrounded by an angry crowd who have come to arrest him.
Turquin said the tiny painting - measuring just 20 by 26 cm (10 inches) - is believed to be part of a diptych consisting of eight small panels. It may have been cut apart by an art dealer in the 19th century to get a better price.
The sale will be the first instance of a Cimabue painting coming to market and will be the first chance to value the artist's work, the auction house said.
Born in Florence, Cimabue, also known as Cenni di Pepo, was a pioneering Italian primitive painter, of whom only about 10 known works have survived. He was one of the first to use perspective and paint in a more natural style that broke with medieval and Byzantine traditions.
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