Artemisia Gentileschi's Mary Magdalene to auction at Sotheby's Paris



2015-06-26 13:45:00

Artemisia Gentileschi's Mary Magdalene to auction at Sotheby's Paris

Artemisia Gentileschi's Mary Magdalene was recently rediscovered in southern France

A recently rediscovered painting by Artemisia Gentileschi (circa 1593-1636) titled Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy is valued at $278,400-417,600 ahead of a sale at Sotheby's Paris on June 26.

Gentileschi was one of only a handful of female painters to achieve success in her era, becoming the first woman ever to be accepted into the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence.

Mary Magdalene Gentileschi Gentileschi's Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy was rediscovered in the south of France

Pierre Etienne, head of old master paintings at Sotheby's Paris, commented: "To be lucky enough to see a work of this quality reappear on the market is a source of great emotion to me as a specialist in old master paintings!"

"It is a splendid and superb Artemisia! It is more than just a painting - it is theatre! Almost opera!"

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