The original belongs to the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. The image made such a stir that contemporaries of Botticelli produced at least 12 copies, which can be found in notable international collections. Artists’ fascination with the motif continued well into the 19th century, as can be seen by a watercolour that is being offered in the three-day sale at Metz in Heidelberg on December 9-11.
It is the work of the Florentine artist Carlo Facchinetti (1870-1951), whose main claim to fame were his interiors, more often than not with depictions of mothers and children, which found favour with the bourgeoisie of his home town.
Like all lots in the Heidelberg sale, the watercolour is being offered without reserve.