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ART “4” “2”-DAY  11 December
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^ Died on 11 December 1513: Bernardino Betti (or Betto) di Biagi Pinturicchio Sordicchio, Italian painter of decorative frescoes, born in 1454. — Pinturicchio was born in Perugia. It is likely that he served as an assistant to Italian painter Perugino, and worked on the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel at Rome. He then painted frescoes in Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome illustrating the life of Saint Bernardino of Siena about 1485. From 1492 to 1494, after executing two works in the cathedral at Orvieto, he painted six frescoes in the Borgia apartments (now the library) of the Vatican. From 1502 to 1507 he painted his last and most important works—the ten frescoes in the Piccolomini Library of the Cathedral of Siena. They depict the life of Pope Pius II, a member of the Piccolomini family, in brilliant color and realistic detail. Among Pinturicchio's few surviving easel paintings are the Madonna in Glory (1510) and Christ Carrying the Cross (1513).
The Return of Odysseus (1509, 124x146cm) _ The painting represents a scene from the Odysseia in an early Renaissance setting. It is severely damaged.
Portrait of a Boy (1483, 50x36cm) _ The sitter was formerly assumed to be the young Raphael.
Burial of St Bernardino of Siena (fresco)
^ Born on 11 December 1599: Pieter-Jacobs Codde (or Kodde, Codden), Dutch artist who died on 12 October 1678.
— Dutch genre painter of small but spirited drinking scenes and conversation pieces. He completed The Marksmen by Hals.
Cavaliers and LadiesThe Dancing Lesson (1627) — Portrait of a Child (53x40cm) — The Dancing Lesson (1627) — Dancing Party (1633) — Merry Company (1631)
The Repentance of Manasseh (1655, 92x152cm) _ Formerly attributed to Pieter Lastman, this is in fact one of a relatively small number of history paintings by the Codde. Other examples include a Sacrifice of Iphiginea (with Bob Haboldt) and two paintings of The Judgement of Midas. It is possible that the landscape in these works is by a second, as yet unidentified hand. The subject is taken from 2 Chronicles 33:11-16, which relates how Manasseh, King of Judah, as a prisoner of the Assyrians, repented of his having led his kingdom into idolatry and, after his release, 'took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD ... and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city. And he repaired the altar of the LORD ... and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.' (estimated at £50'000 for auction on Codde's 403rd birthday).
Young Man with a Pipe = Young Scholar in his Study (1630) _ Pieter Codde painted portraits, history paintings, and high-life scenes as well as military subjects. His small picture of a Young Scholar in his Study, painted in shades of silvery grey and ochres, is a kind of secularization of Dürer's Melancholia. It is more appealing than his more ambitious genre compositions, where he gives way to his preference for rather coarse and plump types, over-glossy textures, and exaggerated highlights. The rooms Codde represents are always of less interest to him than the people he placed in them, and although he lived long enough to see the accomplishments of the great Dutch painters of interiors — he died in 1678, three years after Vermeer — he never attempted to emulate their achievements. But he made at least one attempt to make a radical shift in his style. In the half of Frans Hals's Company of Captain Reinier Reael (The Meagre Company), (1637) he completed he made a concerted effort to emulate Hals's touch.

Happened on a 11 December:
1986 Denunciado a la policía el robo de cinco grabados de Pablo Picasso del Museo español de arte contemporáneo.

Died on a 11 December:
1942 Louis Séraphine de Senlis, French artist born on 02 September 1864.
1738 Johann-Rudolf Byss, Swiss artist born on 11 May 1660.
1737 Nicolas Vleughels (or Wleughels), French artist born on 06 December 1668.

Born on a 11 December:
1904 Felix Nussbaum, German artist who died in 1944.
1890 Pierre de Belay, French artist who died in 1947.
1876 Ricardo Canals y Llambi, Spanish artist who died in 1931.
1856 Frank Pieters, British artist who died in 1932.
1852 Alfred Zoff, Austrian artist who died on 12 August 1927.
1845 Roger Joseph Jourdain, French painter who died on 19 August 1918.
1841 Antonio Matteo Montemezzo, German artist who died on 11 Sepember 1898.
1668 Domenico Maria Viani, Italian artist who died on 01 October 1711.

click for full picture^ 11 December 2002: Old masters auctioned at Christie's in London.
— At auction are more than 110 old master paintings and manuscript illuminations from the Bernard H. Breslauer collection. Among the highlights are two genre paintings from the Dutch Golden Age: a rare early domestic interior by Nicolaes Maes and a tavern scene by Adriaen van Ostade.
      Italian painting is represented from the 16th to the 18th centuries with a masterful allegorical depiction of Faith by Vasari; an important study for a lost Royal commission by Solimena; and a remarkable Venetian view by Francesco Guardi.
      Also in the sale are a pair of angels by Zurbarán and a rediscovered group portrait by Thomas de Keyser. Links to a few pictures and commentary:
— A pair by Francisco de Zurbarán [07 Nov 1598 – 27 Aug 1664]: An angel leaning forward in devotion: and An angel looking out with upturned palms (100x71cm) (estimate £700'000)
click for full pictureThe Wedding Dance (41x54cm) [< thumbnail] by Pieter Brueghel II [1564-1638] (estimate £500'000)
— by Pieter Brueghel II: The Misanthrope (circular 19 cm diameter) (estimate £70'000)
— by Gillis van Tilborch [1614-1684 or 1625-1678]: Elegant company at a table on a terrace (61x49cm)
The Five Senses: three men smoking, drinking and making music (88x126cm) from the circle of Jacob van Oost the Elder [Feb 1601 – 1671] (estimate £16'000)
by Jacob Jordaens [19 May 1593 – 18 Oct 1678]: A youth, holding a dog in check and doffing his hat as he enters a house, accompanied by a young woman (191x89cm) (estimate £85'000 — at Sotheby's, London, on 24 October 1973 it was sold as lot 37 for £4200 to A. Gurney).
— by Thomas Hendrickszoon de Keyser [1596 – 07 Jun 1667] ) Group portrait of three gentlemen, three-quarter-length, seated in black costumes with lace collars and cuffs (105x99cm) (estimate £125'000)
The Triumph of King Charles of Naples at the Siege of Gaeta (144x120cm) by Francesco Solimena [04 Oct 1657 – 05 Apr 1747] (estimate £250'000)
An Allegory of Faith (76x172cm) by Giorgio Vasari [30 Jul 1511 – 27 Jun 1574] (estimate £600'000)
De Drinker: Three boors drinking and smoking in a spirit house (29x23cm) by Adriaen Janszoon van Ostade [10 Dec 1610 — 1685] (estimate £400'000)
The Tower of Babel (93x76cm) by Mathys Schoevaerdts [1665-1722] (estimate £50'000)
A Philosopher, seated, half-length (1645, 114x85cm) by Salomon Koninck [1609-1656] (estimate £40'000)
An interior with a young girl eating curds from a bowl [3 thumbnails >] by Nicolaes Maes [1634 – 24 Nov 1693] (estimate £300'000)
Portrait of Rochus van der Does, Raadsheer and Schepen of Utrecht (107x91cm) by Maes (estimate £12'500)
— from the studio of Frans Snyders [1579-1657] Dogs hunting deer in a landscape (estimate £25'000) [image]
— A pair of pair of Wooded River Landscapes by Gillis Claeszoon de Hondecoeter [1575 – Sep 1638] 1.  with travelers and a dog on a path, cattle by a ford beyond — 2.  with figures on a path (2 images , each 20x26cm) (estimate £35'000)
An Italianate river landscape with drovers at a ford at dusk (24x31cm) by Nicolaes Pieterszoon Berchem [01 Oct 1620 – 18 Feb 1683] (estimate £70'000)
An Italianate river landscape with peasants resting on the way to market, a ruined tower beyond (57x65cm) by Johann Heinrich Roos [27 Oct 1631 – 03 Oct 1685] (estimate £25'000)
The Coronation of the Virgin, illumination from a manuscript [image]
The Madonna and Child with Souls in Purgatory (207x155cm) by Luca Giordano [1632-1705] (estimate £50'000)
The Holy Family (40x29cm) from the circle of Raphael (Gianfrancesco Penni?) (estimate £25'000) (it was sold at Christie's on 05 July 1918, lot 81, as Giulio Romano's La Vierge au Berceau for 14 guineas to Miss Rosa Lewis, since which an annual 9.21% appreciation would be needed to make it reach the level of the present estimate, but the pound has lost much of its value)
The Madonna and Child with the young Saint John the Baptist (tondo, 76 cm diameter) from the workshop of Botticelli [1445 – 17 May 1510] (estimate £70'000)
The Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (1514, 119x96cm) by Mariotto Albertinelli [13 Oct 1474 – 05 Nov 1515] (estimate £20'000)
The Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist (107x79cm) by Michele Tosini “di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio” [08 May 1503 – 28 Oct 1577] (estimate £20'000)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter (98.5 cm. x 62.6 cm) by Francesco Bissolo [1473 – 20 Apr 1554] (estimate £50'000)
The Adoration by the Magi (55x69cm) by Battista Dossi [1475-1548] (estimate £85'000)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt (50x43cm) by Willem van Mieris [03 Jun 1662 – 27 Jan 1747] (estimate £25'000)
Saint John the Baptist preaching in the Wilderness (79x78cm) by Jan Havickszoon Steen [1626 – 03 Feb 1679] (estimate £50'000 — it was sold at Van den Eyck, Leiden, on 31 July 1765, as lot 49 for 92 florins and at Rietmulder, The Hague, on 17 September 1770, as lot 164, De Prediking van St. Jan in de woestyne rijk geordineert, op een moderne trant, en fraay geschildert for 59 florins).
The Marriage at Cana; and The Sermon on the Mount (40x51cm each) a pair of paintings by Franz Christoph Janneck [03 Oct 1703 – 13 Jan 1761] (estimate £40'000)
Study of a head of a man (29x23cm) by Federico Barocci [1526 or 1535 – 1612] (estimate £50'000)
Group portrait of the daughters of Johann Julius von Vieth und Glossenau: Juliane Corline, Edle von der Planitz (1752-1832), Sophie Juliane Elisabeth, Gräfin d'Agrollo (1748-1832) and Juliane Charlotte, Gräfin von Todtleben (1754-1840), half-length, in lace-lined dresses and with powdered hair, holding a plumed cap by Anton Graff [18 Nov 1736 – 22 Jun 1813] (86x72cm) (estimate £60'000)
A wooded landscape with a cavalry skirmish (77x108rm) by Joost Corneliszoon Droogsloot [1586 — 14 May 1666] [he was NOT the son of a drug slut]
A river landscape with classical figures in a boat, a hilltop castle beyond (1805, 204x143cm) by Jean-Victor Bertin [1767 or 1775 – 11 Jun 1842] (estimate £60'000)
click for full pictureVesuvius erupting at night (98x128cm) by Pierre-Jacques Volaire “le Chevalier Volaire” [30 Apr 1729-1795] (estimate £25'000)
click for full pictureA stormy coastal landscape with survivors from a shipwreck on a rocky outcrop, a tower and a ship at sea beyond (1765, 55x82cm) by Claude-Joseph Vernet [14 Aug 1714 – 03 Dec 1789] (estimate £110'000 — probably purchased from the artist in 1765 for 600 livres by M. Bouilette).

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