Diego Velazquez portrait confirmed as authentic
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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.
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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.
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"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'."

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