Monday, November 8, 2010
Gobsmacked! Alma-Tadema Brings $35.9 Million. In Other News, Sex Sells
Proof positive that a readiness to admire art of disfavored styles is not a victory for enlightened taste?
Sotheby's was apparently so astounded that its press release announcing the sale mistakenly described the painting as a "19th-century masterpiece." "Moses" was painted in 1904.
"Moses" was an inspiration for Cecil B. DeMille, and it had been owned by TV personality Alan Funt, so it wouldn't be surprising if the anonymous buyer turns out to be some studio bigwig. We already know that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are big Norman Rockwell collectors, so "Moses" would fit right in.