Christie’s Old Master Paintings sale on June 6 in New York was led by the magnificent picture of Christ Carrying the Cross by Girolamo Romanino (Brescia 1484/87-1560), which sold for $4,562,500/£2,965,625/€3,650,000, and set a world auction record for the artist. A masterpiece of Romanino’s fully mature style and among the most potent and moving depictions of the theme in 16th century Italian art, the new auction record soars above the previous record of $512,502/£309,500 for Christ and the woman taken into adultery, which sold at Christie’s London in 1996. Comprised of 98 lots, The Old Master Paintings sale realized a total of $12,574,125/£8,173,181/ €10,059,300.
A leading painter of the north Italian school, Girolamo di Romano, who during his lifetime came to be called Romanino, was born between 1484 and 1487 in Brescia, then under Venetian rule. Active as a painter of frescoes, altarpieces, portraits and private devotional pictures, Romanino worked in numerous cities across northern Italy, including Padua, Cremona, Trento and Brescia, which remained his chief residence over the course of his career.
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