×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: fake | botticelli | painting real

'Fake' Painting Turns Out to Be Real Masterpiece

'Fake' Painting Turns Out to Be Real Masterpiece
Detail from the original Madonna of the Pomagranate in the Uffizi. (Miguel Hermoso Cuesta/Wikimedia Commons)

By    |   Friday, 29 March 2019 02:15 PM

Researchers have just discovered that a Sandro Botticelli painting long believed to be a fake is in fact the real deal — or at the very least came from the very workshop where the great artist himself created his masterpieces, CNN reported.

Conservation charity organization English Heritage announced the news this week after conducting extensive tests to determine the authenticity of what was believed to be a later imitation of the 15th-century masterpiece "Madonna of the Pomegranate," which is on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. 

According to the charity, experts dismissed the version of Botticelli's 15th-century painting "Madonna of the Pomegranate" as a "fake" because of variations in detail the thick layer of yellow varnish that covered it. When conservators cleaned the artwork, its true colors showed — literally.

"Being able to closely examine and conserve this painting for the first time in over 100 years has really given us the chance to get up-close and personal with the paintwork," explained Rachel Turnbull, English Heritage’s senior collections conservator. "I noticed instantly that the painting bore a striking resemblance to the workshop of Botticelli himself; stylistically it was too similar to be an imitation, it was of the right period, it was technically correct and it was painted on poplar, a material commonly used at the time."

Further testing confirmed that the painting had been produced in Botticelli's workshop in Florence however experts could not conclusively determine that it was the great artist himself that created the piece or whether it was one of his assistants employed at the time to help him create smaller versions of popular works.

Regardless of whose hand was holding the brush, it does not detract from the magnitude of the discovery.  The painting will be on display on April 1 at Ranger's House in Greenwich, which is home to the Wernher Collection -– an assortment of over 700 works of fine and decorative art amassed by diamond magnate Julius Wernher in the late 19th century.

© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


TheWire
Researchers have just discovered that a Sandro Botticelli painting long believed to be a fake is in fact the real deal - or at the very least came from the very workshop where the great artist himself created his masterpieces, CNN reported.
fake, botticelli, painting real
330
2019-15-29
Friday, 29 March 2019 02:15 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved