Sotheby’s to Offer an Important Oil Study by Sir Anthony Van Dyck in Its Old Masters Sale

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LONDON.- Sotheby’s today announced that it will sell the oil study A Bearded Man with Hands Raised by Sir Anthony Van Dyck (estimated at £200,000-300,000) in its 6th July 2011 sale of Old Master and British Paintings. The work, depicting a bearded man with his torso uncovered, was painted when the great 17th Century Flemish artist was working in the studio of Pieter Paul Rubens c.1616, and Sotheby’s has identified the model as one whom Van Dyck used for a variety of sketches – some of which were used in completed paintings, including The Betrayal of Christ, located at Corsham Court. In the 2004 catalogue raisonné, the painting was known only from the old photograph depicting it prior to cleaning and restoration, and was included under ‘Questionable Attributions’. However, all scholars who have viewed the painting since it was consigned to Sotheby’s agree that it is an autograph work