Botticelli for $ 92 million. Why did the artist include a medallion made by Bulgarini in the portrait of the young man?
A recent sensation at Sotheby's: Botticelli's "Portrait of a Young man with a medallion" sold for $ 92 million and thus became the second most expensive work of the old masters. Attracting a lot of attention to the work provokes a number of natural questions.As you know, the portrait includes an image of an old man in a medallion, the author of which is considered to be the Siena artist Bartolomeo Bulgarini.Was the included medallion previously part of a larger piece? Was the inclusion of a fragment by another artist Botticelli's idea, or is it a late insertion?