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Academy Mansion and Christopher Bishop Fine Art

Christopher Bishop Fine Art’s presentation of a circa 1537 double-sided drawing by Italian Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo was a consensus highlight at Master Drawings New York 2018 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where the rare artwork was priced at $1.65 million. The Connecticut dealer transformed the Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street with drawings that he described to Robb Report as “preparatory studies for a long-lost fresco cycle that once graced the ceiling of a loggia in Cosimo de’ Medici’s Villa Castello in Florence.”

“Bishop has artfully re-created the fresco, printing facsimiles of the four drawings on a gossamer shim mounted on the ceiling of his exhibition space,” Robb Report praised. “Surrounding it is a suite of didactic materials that explain in detail his recent scholarly dive into divination and dynasty building in Renaissance Italy.”

Hyperallergic called the drawing – fabricated into vivid light boxes by Duggal Visual Solutions and mounted on the mansion’s ceiling by art installation specialists Site Management to emulate the Villa Castello itself – “quite impressive,” noting that the four mythological depictions were previously lost after the Medici dynasty ended. Duggal’s Faith Young also consulted with Bishop to produce a collection of accompanying displays giving additional context to the recovered masterpiece.

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