Monday, 28 May 2007

Raphael's Lorenzo

Raphael - Portrait of Lorenzo de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino, © Christie's Images LtdWould you buy a second hand car from this man? No. However, if you were a lady looking for a free ride for life, you'd grab this magnificent chunk of wealth and power with both hands. Here, folks, is a courtship portrait, designed to make the prospective bride's heart flutter with avarice. Painted by Raphael, it shows Lorenzo de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino, in all his glory. Never seen this Renaissance masterpiece before? That's because it's been in private hands for 40 years. Now it's up for sale and will be displayed at Christie's in London from 30 June. BBC News posted this story a week ago, but didn't have a graphic good enough for Coxsoft Art. Thanks to Christie's Images Ltd and ArtDaily, here's a good'un (CLICK). Value? Estimated at £10m to £15m.


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