The recent discovery of a second Mona Lisa in the Prado has the art world abuzz, however there has recently been similar activity in the Ruben’s Crucifixion arena that has somewhat flow under the radar. This phenomenon appears to include TWO recently surfaced paintings in the past week rather than just one. What are the odds?
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp has a Rubens Crucifixion that is well known to Rubens afficionados. It is seen here.
To add more intrigue, Carol Vogel of the New York Times has just written a piece about The European Fine Art Fair currently happening in Maastricht, the Netherlands titled, You Need a Rubens? Sorry, Sold which states that
Among the star attractions this year is that early Rubens painting, a particularly dramatic Crucifixion scene dating from around 1618-20. Konrad O. Bernheimer, the Munich dealer who was selling it, said the painting came from a Spanish family that had owned it since the 1970s. It sold within the first hour of the fair to Eijk van Otterloo, a financier and collector, and his wife, Rose-Marie, who live in Boston.
Vogel reports that the painting sold for roughly $3.9 million. However, at this rate it looks like we will see a few more Crucifixions by Rubens surface on the market in the near future.