Nick Smith Recreates Classic Masters Painting For Sotheby's

Nick Smith has been commission by the esteemed auction house Sotheby's to create his own unique interpretation of an Old Masters painting, with the resulting work to be displayed in their 1st Annual “Street Masters” Exhibit.


The event will showcase the progression and evolution of artistic styles, from 15th Century Old Master painters to the contemporary Masters of the current Urban Art Movement. The auction house has partnered with Fat Free Art Gallery in New York City to present this rare and thrilling collaboration. 

Related: Watch Sotheby's Old Masters Meet The Streets Video 


Smith has chosen the oil painting “PORTRAIT OF A BOY, HALF LENGTH, IN A LANDSCAPE, DRESSED IN BLACK ROBES AND CAP” by Agnolo di Domenico del Mazziere, who is formerly known as the Master of Santo Spirito. The canvas has a presale estimate of between £23,000 - £39,000.


Smith explains the process behind his idiosyncratic interpretation of the painting, created in his signature custom colour chip aesthetic:

"After conducting research into the artwork I chose to reinterpret, I discovered that two brothers are credited with its creation, Agnolo and Donnino del Muzzier. The older brother Donnino was largely unnoticed but tax records showed that he was the brother who received the payments for the two brothers joint enterprise. while the younger brother Agnolo was recognised as a talented artist who conducted much of the work. 


Nick Smith
'Brother with a Golden Bird'
Collage on paper
72.5cm x 68cm


"This imbalance between work and payment led me to parallel the situation with a story penned by the Brothers Grim called The Two Brothers. One brother is a rich goldsmith and the other is a poor broom-maker. The broommaker had two identical twin sons. One day, the broommaker saw a golden bird in the woods, knocked off a feather, and sold it to his brother for a great sum. He pursued the bird again and found a golden lamp. A third time, he brought back the bird itself, and his brother, who knew its powers, that whoever ate its heart and liver would find a gold coin beneath his pillow every night. He had his wife cook it. But his nephews came to the kitchen to beg, and when two bits fell from the bird, they ate them, and the gold coins appeared beneath their pillows. 


The story goes on... Having felt that there was a synergy between the two sets of brothers I have traced the story through the artwork word by word under each individually applied colour swatch. As a result, close up reading is a must."

Currently available : Patrick Bateman, Tondo

The original Masters painting will be shown at Sotheby’s New York City from June 2nd – 7th where it will be auctioned off on the 8th June. Nick’s interpretative work will be exclusively displayed and available for sale at Fat Free Art from June 2nd – June 12th. For the private view on June 1st both pieces will be hung side by side, creating a fascinating visual dialogue and colaboration that spans over 500 years of art history.

If you are interested in adding any work by Nick Smith to your collection follow this link to view pieces currently available. For any enquiries contact us directly on +44 (0) 20 7240 7909 or email

May 23, 2017