New Veronese drawing discovered?

April 22 2014

Image of New Veronese drawing discovered?

Picture: thesaleroom

I've come to this a bit late, but it's worth noting, given the current Veronese exhibition at the National Gallery in London, that there was a potential Veronese sleeper in the shires recently. The above drawing came up in a house clearance sale in Oxfordshire as attributed to Veronese, and made £15,500. In the same sale, and presumably from the same clearance, were some handsome pieces of jade, which made over half a million quid. Quite a house clearance!

Update - it may not be by Veronese... A sharp-eyed reader spotted the drawing when it came up for sale, and writes:

Just a thought, but I think the drawing that was sold as Attributed to Veronese in the regional sale in Oxford, was actually by Jan van der Straet [or Stradanus] (1523-1605). The British Museum hold a reverse engraving after the drawing [below], the print making up part of the series 'The Course of Human Life'.

I had a punt at buying it, but lack of funds meant I had to drop out...

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