|Pedro Sanchez I, Christ Before Pilate (estimate: $120,000-$160,000)|
But there are a few I wish the museum would retain, especially the devotional triptych of Christ before Pilate by Pedro Sanchez I, a Seville artist active in the second half of the 15th century. That it's survived intact is remarkable enough, but it also appears to be in excellent condition.
I challenge anyone to name a single painting in the Met's European paintings galleries by a Spanish artist before El Greco. Here's a prime example -- it doesn't fit the old-fashioned canon of "progress" in art as exemplified by the Italian Renaissance and Early Netherlandish painting, but it's marvelous.
|Out of the Met's storerooms and onto the walls of Sotheby's|
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