Seminal Guercino and van Dyck Works Go Under the Hammer at Ketterer Kunst in Munich

Il Guercino David With Goliath’s Head (1650) Photo: Ketterer Kunst, Munich

Ketterer Kunst has announced a comprehensive Old Masters and 19th Century auction. The sale includes highlights from Italian Baroque and Flemish masters.

Bidders will undoubtedly get most excited about Il Guercino’s seminal painting David With Goliath’s Head (1650). Painted in the hallmark contrasting light and dark style of the baroque era, the artwork depicts David glancing towards the heavens, as if to ask for forgiveness for the brutal killing of Goliath. The work has been estimated to sell for €250.000 – €350.000 ($281,000 – $337,000).

Representing Flemish baroque, the sale includes Portrait of Maria de Medici, Queen of France (1631) by Antonius van Dyck. The picture was painted in Antwerp during the Queen’s first year of exile, after she was disempowered and accused of high treason by her son Ludwig XIII. The portrait has been estimated to sell for €30,000 – €40,000 ($33,700 – $44,900).

Works from the collection of the the Bavarian financier Max Geiger make up the majority of the 19th-century works in the sale. The collection included works by Adolf Heinrich von Liers as well as beautiful Bavarian landscapes by Karl Altmann, estimated at €20,000 – €30,000 ($22,480 –  $33,700); and Heinrich Bürkel, estimated at €30,000 – €40,000 ($33,700 – $44,900).

Works by Adolph von Menzel, Gustave Courbet, Albrecht Dürer, and Rembrandt van Rijn round off the sale.

Old Masters & 19th Century Art with the Max Geiger Collection takes place in Munich on May 22.


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