London and Online, 18 June – 15 July
This summer, join us for Classic Week at Christie’s London, our auction series celebrating art from antiquity to the 20th century. From Roman and Greek marbles to paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, illuminated manuscripts to a monolithic slice of meteorite, explore an extraordinary timeline of art and objects across seven live auctions and two online-only auctions.
Highlights include Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear, one of fewer than eight surviving drawings by the artist still in private hands outside the Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth; Bernardo Bellotto’s monumental View of Verona with the Ponte delle Navi, a supreme masterpiece from his early career; and Isaac Newton’s handwritten revisions to the Principia, arguably the most important single work in the history of science.
Elsewhere, delve into the collection of Rita Espírito Santo and three other fascinating European private collections, as well as The B.J. Eastwood Collection of important sporting and Irish pictures.
Viewing opens at our King Street galleries from 3 July.
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Virtual tour: Highlights from Classic Week at Christie’s London
From Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear drawing to a Greek bronze helmet, explore extraordinary highlights from our upcoming Classic Week auction series.
An immersive exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear will also be open to visitors by appointment only from 3–8 July, including an augmented reality experience created in collaboration with digital artists Hackatao. Please below to book your slot and here to download the Aria app to your smartphone ahead of your visit.
8 King Street, St. James’s
London SW1Y 6QT
3 – 15 July
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
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Expanding Horizons: From European Decorative to Contemporary Arts
Online, June – August 2021
Expanding Horizons is an online selling exhibition exploring the cross-pollination between Eastern and Western art traditions. Juxtaposing European decorative arts with post-war and contemporary art from and influenced by Asia, explore our curated virtual gallery to get a closer look at the works available to purchase.
Browse a selection of works available for immediate purchase
Decorative Arts & Antiquities
Books and Science
European and British Art
The Great Masters of European Art 1350-1850
Online course | Six-week Program
Discover the essentials of European art history from 1350-1850 in these six lavishly-produced lessons.