London, 21 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Sotheby’s announced today that a painting by Antony Van Dyck, A Bearded Man with Hands Raised, will be going under the hammer on 6 July 2011. The piece has been estimated at £200,000 to £300,000.
The painting, depicting a bearded man with his torso uncovered, was painted in the seventeenth century by the Flemish artist. Sotheby’s has identified the model as the one used by Van Dyck in a range of sketches or completed paintings such as The Betrayal of Christ at Corsham Court. However, the authenticity of A Bearded Man has often been called into question.
George Gordon, the President of Sotheby’s, as quoted on Artdaily, says: “This work fits like a glove into Van Dyck’s oeuvre. The painting is a fine example of his working methods at the time he was painting in Rubens’ studio in Antwerp. This is a study of a man who appears in several of the artist’s works. It is a face we recognise from other finished works, with the model depicted in exactly this pose. Sotheby’s has carried out extensive discussions with experts, and every single scholar who has seen it accepts without reservation that this is the work of Van Dyck.”