Weekend Artists Series, Part 3: Portraits of Young Men with Coins…

Botticelli, Portrait of a Man with a Medal of Cosimo il Vecchio de' Medici  – Smarthistory
(Boticelli 1445-1510)

This video, which concludes the Weekend Artists Series for this week features a painting by Sandro Boticelli, “Young Man Holding a Roundel” which is scheduled to be auctioned at Sotheby’s this January and is expected to sell for more than 80 thousand US Dollars. It was painted circa 1480. I have included other similar portraits in the video so that you can take a look and see which one you think should be really worth all that money. And I would like you to tell me what you think of these exorbitant prices for artwork that may or may not be worth all that much.

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16 comments

  1. Brad Osborne · January 23

    Its antiquity lends to its perceived value as it is, without dispute, unique and one-of-a-kind. But the same could be said for every artist and painting since, as they too are also unique and one of a kind, although not antique. So its value historically is likely real, but could not be equated to dollars in a sense of ownership. The only value to any work of art is for it to be seen, digested, and absorbed by the viewer. A work of art that is not readily available to be seen by the general public loses value with every pair of eyes that cannot gaze upon it. For is that not why it was created? Did the artist simply paint it in the hopes it would be owned by someone some day and thus have value? No! To the artist, its value existed the moment it was completed, before it was owned or ever lined his pockets with any penny. Just my opinion, but if you got the cash, spend it as you see fit my friends. You earned it!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 23

      You are right in all your points, however I get the feeling that many so-called “artists” today only think about the amount they are going to make from the “work”. These are the ones who make art without having talent, without having preparation or an afterthought. For example Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, Yayoi Kusama, Banksy, Mauritzio Cattelan (the one with the banana at Art Basel Miami Beach), and so many others, and these are the living ones, some of the dead ones are Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Frida Kahlo…they are the makers of the art business as the only thing they can actually make is money. And the reason? Their patrons are rich, but not rich enough to spend 100 million euros or more on an original Bocelli, so they “invent” their own “great masters”, like the ones I’ve mentioned and many more, namely Jeff Koons, and they purchase their works at high prices and every time they come out with another piece of rubbish, they pay again because now they are hooked, if the price of the artist’s work begins to decline, their investment loses values as well, so it is a vicious circle that has nothing to do with art and a lot to do with money. Thank you so much my friend.
      All the best,
      F.

      • Brad Osborne · January 24

        You make a very valid point, Francisco! It all has to do with money. Stay well, my friend!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 24

        You too my friend. All the best and happy Sunday!
        F.

  2. Anna Waldherr · January 24

    Amazing. We feel we know these young men. We seem to see something in their eyes.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 25

      Yes, there is certainly a sense of familiarity Anna, thank you 😊, take good care and all the best,
      F

  3. azurea20 · January 24

    El mundo y el valor del arte, para mí es un misterio. En cuanto a Boticelli , me encanta. Buena tarde.

  4. spwilcen · January 24

    Again, I pass on yewboob.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 24

      Greetings SP, what do you mean?

      • spwilcen · January 24

        youtboob is one of the social media giants in league to control what is correct and allowable along with twitter, facepages and the like. The list is alarmingly long and rude. I am withdrawn from facepages and withdrawing as rapidly as I can from other sites. I will not support e-corporations assuming they are qualified to exert such influence on my life, what I say and do withtin the limits of legality and morality. I’ve mentioned this before.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 25

        I understand SP, and I respect your decision. Are you staying with WP?

      • spwilcen · January 25

        yes.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 25

        I’m glad to hear that. Have a great Monday my friend, hope the weather is good and you haven’t much chores. 👋🏻

      • spwilcen · January 25

        Chores are good. I know what I’m doing, no one faults me for the way I get them done or don’t get them done, and as a rule when I do get them done my efforts are appreciated. You, sir do great things to day. SP

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 25

        That’s good to hear SP, and thank you. Let’s see what can be worked out.

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