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?
the answer is simple..this is really not Botticelli, but a young Leonardo da Vinci.. and the portrait of the young man was created with David the bronze Donatello, whose idol was Leonardo. and in the circle is Saint Mark, also by Donatello..