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Classics "La Madeleine penitente" by Salai, a relative of Leonardo da Vinci, flies away for 1.7 million euros at auction

20:40  18 november  2020
20:40  18 november  2020 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Leonardo da Vinci (English: /ˌliːəˈnɑːrdoʊ də ˈvɪntʃi, ˌliːoʊˈ-, ˌleɪoʊˈ-/; 14/15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath of the High Renaissance who is widely considered one of the greatest

At the end of a battle waged by interposed telephone calls, the painting "La Penitent Madeleine "exploded all the forecasts, Wednesday in Paris.

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La Madeleine penitente, a painting by the artist Salaì, Leonardo da Vinci's closest collaborator, was auctioned on Wednesday November 18 at 1.7 million euros (costs included), announced the house of Artcurial sales in Paris. This oil is one of the rare works recognized as being by the hand of this painter imbued as closely as possible with Leonardo's technique, particularly in the treatment of hands and face.

At the end of a very animated auction session by telephone, the table flew to precisely 1,745,000 euros whereas it had been estimated between 100,000 and 150,000 euros. The sale took place behind closed doors due to the lockdown. "This painting really comes out of the night. Its owner, who had bought it for a modest sum, entrusted it to us for sale. It arrived to us without attribution. It is [the expert] Cristina Geddo, who , who came from Milan, revealed to us that it was from Salai, "Eric Turquin told AFP.

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Fingerprints on the paint

"Fingerprints were found: the painter crushed his thumb on the fresh paint, which is characteristic of the technique of Leonardo and Salai", added the expert. We only know of four or five authenticated paintings by Salai, including Christ the Redeemer preserved in Milan, the others being in private hands.

65 cm by 50 cm, the painting on wood panel needs to be cleaned, the varnish which partially covers it being dirty and oxidized. Marie-Madeleine is represented there on a black background, her eyes raised in ecstasy, her arms crossed. The naked, slender body is partially covered by abundant golden-brown hair: a characteristic that can be found in the painting preserved in Milan.

Gian Giacomo Caprotti, known as Salaì (1480-1524), was Leonardo's closest companion - his pupil, workshop boy, model, treasurer, agent, lover. The Renaissance master would have given him the nickname "Salai" - synonymous with "little devil" - because of his nonsense, petty theft, lies. For more than 25 years, Salai has been able to assimilate the technique of the master, positioning himself - in addition to his few personal works - as one of the most influential promoters of Leonardo's models through copies and variants of Leonardo's masterpieces. .

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