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Photo story: Rubens on sale

04 November 2022

Fisch Davidson Collection/Sotheby’s

Salome Presented with The Severed Head of Saint John the Baptist, c.1609, an early Rubens masterpiece, is estimated to fetch between $25 million and $35 million when it goes on sale at Sotheby’s in New York in January. It was painted at the same time in his career as Massacre of the Innocents, and was believed to have been lost until it was rediscovered in 1998. The painting is one of ten works from the Fisch Davidson Collection that will be on sale, “comprising some of the very finest paintings in private hands by Guercino, Bernardo Cavallino, Valentin de Boulogne, Orazio Gentileschi and above all Sir Peter Paul Rubens, which together provide a comprehensive sense of the key artistic currents flowing through early 17th-century Europe”, a press release says

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