Stylistic pluralism with the Old Masters
The Old Masters category features an extensive selection that comprises the entire painterly oeuvre up until 1800. Here you will find Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical paintings, which in turn are subdivided according to a large number of different terms relating to period and to regional characteristics.
One category, many possibilities—the Old Masters at im Kinsky
Two artists whose names bring to mind opulent floral still lifes are Jan Brueghel the Elder and Jan Brueghel the Younger. Outstanding works with splendid blossoms by both masters have gone under the hammer at im Kinsky, including “Bouquet in a Clay Vase” (sold for €2,200,000) and “Flowers in Basket and Tazza” (sold for €275,000).
Other masters who had their beginnings in today’s Belgium and The Netherlands and enjoy great popularity at our auctions include Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Walscapelle, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, and Adriaen van Stalbemt. Rembrandt’s 1656 print “Abraham Entertaining the Angels” also elicited spirited bidding, which ended with a winning bid of €63,000.
For those whose taste runs to art from farther south, im Kinsky offers Venetian vedute like “The Grand Canal, Venice, Looking East, with the Church of Santa Maria della Salute”, by a follower of Canaletto (sold for €530,000), and high-quality figure paintings such as Sassoferrato’s “Madonna with Child” (sold for €119,000).
Another of our specialities is art of the Austrian Baroque. An important name in this regard is Johann Georg Platzer, whose pendants “Adoration of the Shepherds” and “Descent from the Cross” fetched €450,000. “Family Portrait”, by Martin Johann Schmidt, known as Kremser Schmidt, was sold for €478,000.
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