|Diego Velazquez portrait confirmed as authentic
|Page 1 of 1|
|Author:||tanqing369 [ Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:03 am ]|
|Post subject:||Diego Velazquez portrait confirmed as authentic|
coach bags sale report,A 17th Century portrait by
Spanish painter Diego Velazquez is back on show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art years
after it was wrongly identified as not being a genuine work.
The Met downgraded the painting of King Philip IV in 1973, determining it was likely done by an
assistant or follower studying under the artist.
But experts reversed the decision after a year's worth of restoration.
The portrait can now be seen in the European Paintings galleries.
It is one of only just over 100 known works by Velazquez, who was the king's leading court artist
and painted him throughout his reign.
The painting, which had been on display since 1914, had not been cleaned and restored since 1911
and scholars debated for years whether it was genuine.
It was among 300 disputed works all downgraded by the Met 37 years ago, despite the museum owning
the artist's signed receipt of payment from the king.
discount coach handbags
But the painting of the 18-year-old king underwent a complete restoration a year ago to remove
layers of repainting and thick varnish.
X-rays were also used to look though to the original paint, which revealed the distinctive brush
strokes of Velazquez.
"The picture was quite honestly a bit disappointing in the state in which it was shown," Keith
Christiansen, the Met's chairman of European paintings, told the New York Times.
discount coach boots
"For many years, scholars that I have had conversations with in front of the picture have said,
'the only way we will ever be able to decide what involvement Velazquez had in this picture is if
you clean it'."
|Page 1 of 1||All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]|
|Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group