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Random: Art For Sale--Peale, Michelangelo, and Pérez

Major doings in the art world. Christie's is auctioning a privately-held Charles Willson Peale portrait of Washington that I'd never seen before and that captures American optimism in its hero and future as strongly as anything I've seen from the Revolutionary period, particularly given that the war was dragging on by this point. Although perhaps if this is the original palette, that might convey a certain qualification, now that I think about it. Still....

Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741-1827)
George Washington at Princeton, 1779

Oil on canvas
Estimate: $10,000,000-15,000,000
I also could not help but be amazed to discover that Christie's is also soon to auction a privately-held drawing by the Master himself, Michelangelo Buonarroti, in a collection of Old Masters drawings. So little of Michelangelo is privately-held that I can't help but be in awe of anyone who has the pleasure to hold something of his, even when it is as incomplete as this study. I'm not sure what to make of the firm torso, myself, but I've never seen this drawing before and so I'm only just beginning to sit with it. The write-up on it, which you can reach by clicking the drawing, is learned and sensible, well worth reading, and speculates that it may have been a Pieta study, which seems more plausible to me by the rough orientation of the head that Michelangelo gives.


Michelagniolo di Ludovico Buonarroti, called Michelangelo (Caprese 1475-1564 Rome)
The head and torso of a man looking down to the left, with a subsidiary study of his left shoulder and two further studies of his right shoulder (recto)
The musculature of the hip and thigh of the right leg, and an architectural profile (verso)

Black chalk, the outlines indented with a stylus, fragmentary watermark six-pointed star
9 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (248 x 176 mm.)
Estimate: Estimate upon request

I cannot help but also noting that the George Pérez cover to Infinite Crisis #2--and wasn't issue #4 absolutely astonishing this week?--is now for sale. As I wrote about it November 6th, it is a fabulous homage to the last 70 years of DC's production as it culminates both through 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths and is being again opened to its core in the equal parts homage-and-original saga Infinite Crisis. The penciled and inked cover by Pérez is on sale for a mere $10,000, making it definitely the lightweight in this trio--how many people would shudder that I'm mentioning it together with such high-brow art as the above?--but still would be a treasure I'd love to attain, as I said in my earlier entry, just for its masterful reprising of DC's narrative history.
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