Highlights of The European Fine Art Fair|Old Master Paintings

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), one of the world’s largest art fairs, has come to its second year in New York. Established in 1988, TEFAF is an annual art, antiques and design fair organized by the European Fine Art Foundation in Maastricht, Netherlands. With exhibitors from the world’s leading galleries from 20 countries, TEFAF showcases museum-quality pieces ranging from classical antiquity to the 21st century.

In 2016, TEFAF announced plans to hold additional fairs in New York. Its fall edition in 2017 has just come to an end. We are going to introduce some highlights of TEFAF by different categories.

TEFAF features a variety of Old Master paintings, some of which are created by masters like Francesco Guardi and Peter Paul Rubens.


Highlights of Old Master Paintings

Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) Piazza San Marco In Venice, With The Basilica And Campanile

Exhibitor: Adam Williams Fine Art Ltd.
Size: 53.2 x 85.7cm
Note by The Value:
Guardi was a member of Venetian School and his works are highly sought after in the art market. His work Venice: the Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi recently went on sale and was sold for £26.2m (US$34.69m) at Christie’s London.

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) The Head of Medusa

Exhibitor/Gallery: Mireille Mosler Ltd.
Size: 87.5 x 113cm
Note by The Value:
Considered as the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition, Rubens was best known for his paintings referencing erudite aspects of classical and Christian history. This painting The Head of Medusa depicts the Greek mythology of Medusa, a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair, whose head had the ability to turn onlookers to stone. She was beheaded by the hero Perseus.

Matthaus Gundelach (1566-1653) The Coronation of the Virgin by the Holy Trinity

Exhibitor/Gallery: Haboldt · Pictura
Size: 74.4 x 52.3cm
Note by The Value:
It is a piece of Christian art with the subject matter of the Holy Trinity, which stands for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Gundelach visualized the Holy Trinity into figures, in which the old man represents the Father, the young man represents the Son, and the white dove represents the Holy Spirit.

Horace Vernet (1789-1863) Mount Vesuvius erupting

Exhibitor/Gallery: Alberto Di Castro
Size: 92 x 72cm
Note by The Value:
It is rare to see Old Master paintings using volcano as the subject matter. The painting portrays Horace Vernet himself with his father during their visit to the erupting Vesuvius, between the spring and summer of 1820. Mount Vesuvius's eruption in AD 79 led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Guido Reni (1575-1642) Saint Jerome

Exhibitor/Gallery: Galerie Canesso
Size: 65.1 x 50cm
Note by The Value:
Saint Jerome (347-420) is often represented as one of the four Latin doctors of the Church along with Augustine of Hippo, Ambrose, and Pope Gregory in art. As a prominent member of the Roman clergy, he is often depicted as a half-clad anchorite, with cross, skull and Bible.

Hendrick Munniks (1600-1664) Hercules freeing Prometheus

Exhibitor/Gallery: Rob Smeets Gallery
Size: 172.5 x 218cm
Note by The Value:
Depicted as the man lying on the ground in the painting, Prometheus is a Greek hero who is chained to a rock in the Caucasus as an eternal punishment for stealing fire from Mount Olympus for mankind. The one who is trying to save him is Hercules, another Greek hero who is famous for his strength.

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer(1636-1699) A bouquet of flowers in a gilded bronze urn on a porphyry base in an architectural setting

Exhibitor/Gallery: Galerie Eric Coatalem
Size: 208 x 160cm

Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630) Meeting of Ladies

Exhibitor/Gallery: Galleria Carlo Virgilio & Co
Size: 29.7 x 38.9cm

Giovanni Battista Beinaschi (1636-1688) The Martyrdom of Saint Peter

Exhibitor/Gallery: Robert Simon Fine Art
Size: 290.8 x 193.1cm

Joseph Paelinck (1781-1839) Bacchus and Ariadne

Exhibitor/Gallery: Didier Aaron
Size: 187 x 133cm

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) Tigre on the Alert or Grunting Tiger

Exhibitor/Gallery: Galerie Eric Coatalem
Size: 24.7 x 39.4cm

Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (1767-1824) Portrait of Madame Bertin de Vaux

Exhibitor/Gallery: Robilant+Voena
Size: 65.5 x 55cm