Exhibition Past

Colnaghi was delighted to present at TEFAF Maastricht (March 9th—19th) a superb selection of Ancient, Mannerist and Baroque artworks by Anthony Van Dyck, Frans Francken the Younger, Pier Francesco Mola, Bernardo Strozzi, Luis de Morales, and many more.

The highlight of our stand this year was Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s famous La Virgen de la faja (The Virgin of the Swaddling Cloth), one of the artist's last masterpieces of this calibre to remain in private hands. Once forming part of the Royal Collection of King Louis Philippe d’Orléans, La Virgen de la faja was exhibited in the Spanish gallery in the Louvre alongside works by Velázquez and Zurbáran from 1838 to 1848. It now returns to Colnaghi 170 years after we first purchased it at Christie's London in 1853.

Colnaghi at TEFAF Maastrich 2023 - Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Our other highlights included two magnificent works by Spanish 16th and 17th century masters Alonso Sánchez Coello and Jusepe de Ribera. Coello’s exquisitely preserved portrait of a Young Noblewoman in courtly dress depicts a beautiful woman in the full bloom of youth, innocence and love. By contrast, Ribera’s St Jerome is a masterful study of old age and a reflection on man’s eternal confrontation with death. Resonating deeply with echos of Caravaggio, Ribera’s St Jerome is a reminder of the beauty and dignity of old age.

Visitors were able to admire a fascinating painting by Florentine Mannerist painter Maso da San Friano, depicting a noble infant by the name of Sinibaldo Gaddi.

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