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Christopher Bishop Fine Art


Christopher Bishop Fine Art is based on New York’s Upper East Side and specializes in Master Drawings dating from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries.

Mr. Bishop has worked independently as a private dealer in the field of Old Master drawings for more than a decade. Trained in art history at the University of Chicago and Yale University, he brings extensive scholarly expertise and keen connoisseurship to the field and has gained a reputation for making significant new discoveries. He has restored to the canon of art history such remarkable works as Pierre Monier’s Medea Slaying her Children (1665–66, sold to the Yale University Art Gallery in 2005), Gerrit van Honthorst’s Idolatry of Solomon (ca. 1625, now in the collections of the Musée du Louvre), Federico Barrocci’s Study for the Head of Saint Dominic (ca. 1589–93, now a promised gift by a private New York collector to the Frick Collection), and Alessandro Algardi’s Design for a Reliquary with Two Supporting Angels for Pope Innocent X (sold in 2018 to an esteemed New York collection).

Christopher mounts exhibitions of Master Drawings in New York several times a year and is committed to a rigorous program of scholarly publications. Recent undertakings have included a major monograph on the sixteenth-century Mannerist artist Jacopo Pontormo and his drawings for the Villa Castello outside of Florence (2018), and a project devoted to the seventeenth-century Bolognese master Guercino, which reunited the painting of Aurora discovered by Christopher in 2012 with artist’s preparatory drawing for the work (2019), garnering substantial press attention.