Andrea Mantegna, the beginning of etching, and ‘Sisters in Liberty’ are all in the Big Apple

New York is currently proving to be an irresistible magnet for all art lovers. Sotheby’s announced that, on January 29th, it will auction a unique work that will delight fans of the Italian Renaissance. During the ‘Old Master Drawings’ auction, it will present Andrea Mantegna’s only known preparatory drawing for the ‘Triumphs of Caesar’. A series of nine paintings depicting Julius Caesar’s victory in the Gallic Wars.

Mantegna, thanks to his sharp and sophisticated painting style has been an extremely influential figure throughout art history. Accordingly, Sotheby’s estimates that the drawing in question will likely be sold for upwards of $12 million.

The dead Christ – Andrea Mantegna

Another important appointment for art lovers is at the Met Fifth Avenue. From October 23rd to January 20th, the Museum will host ‘The Renaissance of Etching‘. This exhibition will trace the first decades of the etched print (1490-1560). From its emergence to the years when a range of artists from Germany, Italy, and France began experimenting with it. 125 etchings, produced by both renowned and lesser-known artists, including Parmigianino, will be displayed alongside several related works.

From October 23rd to January 20th, the Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island will host ‘Sisters in Liberty‘.

The exhibition presents the replica of a statue erected in the mid-IXX century in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. Pio Fedi, born in Viterbo in 1816 and died in Florence in 1892, created it to celebrate the liberation from slavery. ‘Freedom of Poetry’, this the title of the sculpture, inspired Frédéric Bartholdi to create the ‘Statue of Liberty’ that France donated to the US. On October 11th, the Italian Consulate General will present a twinning between the Opera di Santa Croce and the Museum of Immigration.

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