old masters

Thursday morning, Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel by Sandro Botticelli broke the record for sales of Old Masters at Sotheby’s when it sold for $92.2 million, in the first marquee sale of…
Hester Diamond was a fearless and visionary collector whose inquisitive nature and bold, distinct point of view is evident throughout her collection. It is in the expressive paintings and sculpture…
For the first time in forty-five years, the Royal Collection is being rehung in a new location.

Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s ‘The Payment of Tithes’ is a satirical caricature of the legal profession. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover what it tells us about Brueghel’s…

Formally trained as a classic painter, British artist Hugo Wilson borrows images and techniques from Old Masters to create dramatic new works.
Vermeer and his contemporaries layered their paintings of domestic life with different meanings and interpretations. In this video, art critic Alastair Sooke and our specialist Maja Markovic take a…
Painted in 1996, David Hockney's "30 Sunflowers" is a bold and luscious still life of contemporary times. In this episode of Sotheby's Expert Voices, discover how Hockney was inspired to paint "30…
What do we mean when we call an artwork a MASTERPIECE? Who decides which art becomes one? And what artists make them?