Unrecorded Jan Massys at Christie's

January 9 2021

Image of Unrecorded Jan Massys at Christie's

Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's are offering a previously unrecorded painting of Mary Magdalene by the Flemish mannerist Jan Massys (1509-1575) in their upcoming sale of the collection of Mr & Mrs John H Gutfreund. It will be offered for sale on 26th January 2021 and carries an estimate of $120k - $180k.

The painting doesn't seem to have been known to Max J. Friedländer, who compiled the most authoritative catalogues of early Netherlandish paintings during the 1970s. Christie's catalogue note explains that other versions are known, yet the quality of this particular work suggests that it is the primary autograph version on which the others were based.

The work also bears the artist's signature and date (albeit slightly scrubbed):

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