San Diego Is Selling a Tintoretto

Attributed to Tintoretto and Workshop, Portrait of a Venetian Senator. San Diego Museum of Art, on sale at Sotheby's
The San Diego Museum of Art is deaccessioning six European paintings via an online Sotheby's auction that runs through June 11. Though all are minor works, four were donated by Anne R. and Amy Putnam, the sisters who assembled the core of the European collections at both SDMA and the Timken. The Sotheby's estimates are low in view of the Putnam provenance and the fact that least some of the paintings have recently been on view in San Diego's flagship museum. With less than a day to go in the online sale, four of the six works have yet to get a bid. Attracting the most interest is a drab Venetian Senator, the head (only) attributed to the artist. Proceeds from the sale will go to the SDMA's art acquisition fund.

UPDATE: Four of the six works sold, for a total of $241,250.
Philips Wouwerman, Two Horses Resting by a Tree. San Diego Museum of Art, on sale at Sotheby's


Anonymous said…
Just be glad that none of the administrators and employees (presumably) at the museum are like this character:

Hasn't there been talk about Peter Zumthor's overpass-motel debacle being an easier target for terrorists?
Anonymous said…