Sotheby’s Dubai is set to exhibit the renowned Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli’s artwork “The Man of Sorrows” from Dec. 12-14.
It will be on view to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. before it returns to New York for Sotheby’s annual Masters Week sales series in January 2022, where it will be offered with an estimate in excess of $40 million.
Executed in the late 15th/early 16th century, the painting is one of the last masterpieces remaining in private hands by Botticelli.
The artwork puts a spotlight on the artist’s spirituality, which greatly influenced his later period of work and life.
“The Man of Sorrows” was sold for $92.2 million – making it one of the most valuable portraits of any era ever sold and one of the most valuable old master paintings ever sold at auction.
Despite the landmark sale earlier this year, works by Botticelli, from any period, remain exceedingly rare at auction. His late works in particular very seldom appear on the market, with only three other works from this period (post 1492) known to be in private hands.