Spotlight: Trinity Fine Art Features Old Masters and Rediscovered Gems at TEFAF Maastricht

See the some of the highlights that the gallery will show at the fair here.

Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Madonna and Child with the Infant St John (ca. 1508-1510). Courtesy of Trinity Fine Art, London.

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London-based gallery Trinity Fine Art is gearing up for a historic turn at the 2024 edition of TEFAF Maastricht—on view March 9–14, 2024, with preview days March 7 and 8. With four decades of experience in the art market, Trinity Fine Art is recognized for its unparalleled expertise in European Old Master painting, as well as artworks dating from between the 15th and 19th centuries—all of which will be showcased at the gallery’s stand #361 at the flagship fair.

Hendrick Goltzius, Jupiter and Juno (1616). Courtesy of Trinity Fine Art, London.

Specifically for the forthcoming edition of the fair, Trinity Fine Art will feature rare gems sure to immerse viewers in both unparalleled aesthetic beauty and art history. A highlight of the presentation includes the intriguing rediscovery of a masterwork by Dutch artist Hendrick Goltzius, a prominent engraver and painter from the early northern Baroque period. The piece, titled Jupiter and Juno (1616), was made only one year before the artist’s untimely death at just 58, and showcases Goltzius’s singular ability to convey luminance and texture through paint. The 17th century work Illustrates an encounter from Homer’s epic poem, Illiad, in which the Roman goddess Juno seduces her husband, Jupiter, by borrowing the magical girdle that belongs to Venus, the goddess of love.

Previously, the monogram and date were obscured, but after meticulous and careful cleaning were revealed in the upper right corner. The influence of Pieter Paul Rubens, whom Goltzius encountered in the Dutch city of Haarlem, is evident in the treatment of the figures bodies and countenances.

Hendrick Goltzius, detail of Jupiter and Juno (1616). Courtesy of Trinity Fine Art, London.

Another unmissable highlight is a remarkable terracotta sculpture by Antonio Novelli, which can be seen as correlating with one of Novelli’s most significant marble works, depicting the standing figure of Mary Magdalene from 1649, which was ultimately acquired by Queen Christina of Sweden. The distinct composition and stance of the figure creates a unique tension and sense of animation in the piece, alluding to the moment a miracle is being experienced. There is also a sense of immediacy and closeness with the artist, as his working manner is evident through his fingerprints and tool marks left in the clay.

Antonio Novelli, The Penitent Saint Mary Magdalene (ca. 1640–1650). Courtesy of Trinity Fine Art, London.

Elsewhere, an incredibly detailed landscape depicting Rome’s Piazza del Popolo by Gaspar van Wittel will be unveiled, a genre known to be popular amongst “grand tourists,” providing a glimpse into the Italian city’s vibrant past, replete with everyday people conducting everyday business. Finally, a newly discovered tondo painting by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio titled Madonna and Child with the Infant St John (ca. 1508–10) is a must-see. The work provides invaluable insight into the Florentine artist’s early practice, and illustrates the confluence of inspirations that shaped his work, including his father, artist Domenico Ghirlandaio; Fra Bartolomeo with whom he trained; and Raffaello Sanzio, whom Ghirlandaio formed a close relationship with.

Gaspar Van Wittel, called Vanvitelli, Rome, a view of Piazza del Popolo (171[?1]). Courtesy of Trinity Fine Art, London.

Together, Trinity Fine Art’s presentation will be an unmissable moment within the 37th edition of TEFAF Maastricht.

Trinity Fine Art is showing at TEFAF Maastricht, Stand #361, March 9–14, 2024, with preview days March 7 and 8.

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