Marie Spartali Stillman: Beatrice (1895)

Marie Spartali Stillman’s Earthly Beatrice Loosely inspired by the writings of the early Renaissance poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), this painting by Marie Spartali Stillman depicts Dante’s beloved Beatrice who appears in both the Vita Nuova and Purgatory. “While Dante’s Beatrice is described in terms of the divine, Stillman paints a more earthly beauty, lost in…

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Country Boys (1916)

Bogdanov-Belsky’s Best: Pre-revolution Bogdanov-Belsky’s pre-revolutionary works include some of his most striking canvases, the scale alone often an indication of his artistic confidence. The present lot is an exceptional example of the qualities that mark out these rare, early paintings – tight brushwork, vivid blues and greens, and an impact that would grow gradually more…