Sotheby’s New York Presents The Road to Rome: A Distinguished Italian Private Collection…

Sotheby’s New York Presents The Road to Rome: A Distinguished Italian Private Collection…

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da Wanda Rotelli – Ufficio Stampa Sotheby’s

 

THE ROAD TO ROME
PART I OF A DISTINGUISHED ITALIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK ON 28 JANUARY 2016

An Extraordinary Collection of 18th- & 19th-Century Grand Tour Paintings by Artists Including Bellotto, Vanvitelli & Batoni

– Sotheby’s is delighted to present the sale The Road to Rome: A Distinguished Italian Private Collection, Part I during Masters Week in New York on 28 January 2016, comprising of 35 view and portrait paintings that display splendid overview of Grand Tour taste.

Throughout the 18th-century, young aristocrats partook in the Grand Tour, visiting Italian cities including Venice, Naples and Rome as the culmination of their academic studies. Inspired by their voyages, many of these travelers developed an interest in art and sat for some of the great portrait painters of the time, or immortalized their adventures by purchasing view paintings. Many of the great artistic talents of the time including Vanvitelli, Bellotto, the Van Lint family, Hackert and Caffi directly benefited from the patronage of these Grand Tourists.

Highlights by these artists and many others will be on view in the Sotheby’s London galleries 5-9 December ahead of the January 2016 New York exhibition and sale. This is the first of a two-part sale series with Part II including paintings, Roman works of art, and decorative arts to be held in Spring 2016 in n London.

“This beautiful and academic private collection from the Eternal City encompasses two parts: the first contains stunning examples of Italian vedute, the second a beautiful neoclassical group of works of art and mosaics by distinguished Roman artists such as Valadier, Righetti, Raffaelli and Aguatti. These were assembled during the 20th century with the same passion and enchantment which spurred the buying habits of the grand tourists two centuries before,” said Mario Tavella, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe.

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