A Painting by Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina, Previously with a Mistaken Attribution, Acquired by the Met


Fernando Yáñez de la
Almedina (c. 1475 ?–1536)
Head of Christ, c. 1505
Oil on panel - 41.9 x 30.5 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art

23/4/14 - Acquisition - New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Metropolitan Museum recently acquired a painting representing a Head of Christ by a Spanish artist from the early 16th century, Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina. The information was pointed out by Guillaume Kientz on the blog site, Afición, devoted to Spanish art and also by Bendor Grosvenor [1].

The news is interesting not only for the acquisition itself but also because it is a superb addition to the museum collections of a very rare painter, strongly influenced by Leonardo da Vinci during a stay in Italy. It had come up for auction at Christie’s New York last 29 January, estimated at between $400,000 to $600,000 with a mistaken attribution to Jacopo de Barbari, and which strangely, had remained unsold [2]. The Metropolitan Museum purchased it after the auction directly from Christie’s, no doubt close to the lower estimate which is a very reasonable price for a painting of this quality.

The entry presented by the Metropolitan in its database explains that the name of Yáñez de Almedina had already been mentioned for this work as far back as 1992 by Checa Cremades. The painting was produced around 1505 and appears to be only one of two known to have been executed in Italy. Yáñez de Almedina returned to Spain definitively in 1506, spending the rest of his career in his native country.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 23 avril 2014


Notes

[1] The latter states that this is an exclusive scoop, obviously unaware of an earlier mention by Afición.

[2] We should point out that Michael Savage, who writes the blog Grumpy Art Historian, had also noticed the remarkable quality of the painting.



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