Fake Botticelli Painting Turns Out to Be Real

first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Stay on target Art conservators cleaning a “fake” Sandro Botticelli painting were in for a major surprise when they discovered that it actually came from the artist’s Florence-based workshop.English Heritage, a U.K.-based conservation charity, recently announced that the painting, which was supposed to be a replica of Botticelli’s Madonna of the Pomegranate masterpiece, is actually a real piece of art, CNN reported. Deep cleaning revealed the painting’s true hues, which were hidden under a thick varnish layer, English Heritage said in a press release. Long thought to be an imitation Botticelli, it turns out this painting is actually from the studio of the man himself! https://t.co/rcGPqyl1kh pic.twitter.com/oZf5d5Sd71— English Heritage (@EnglishHeritage) March 28, 2019“Madonna of the Pomegranate (Madonna della Melagrana), was supposedly painted around 1487 by the Italian master,” English Heritage told CNN in a press statement. “It shows the Madonna and the Christ Child holding a pomegranate — which symbolizes Christ’s future suffering — with four angels around them.”Botticelli’s original Madonna of the Pomegranate is currently displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and art experts originally believed that the “fake” painting, which was under the care of English Heritage, wasn’t real because of the yellow varnish and other detail variations.Photo Credit: English HeritageEven though this painting was thought to be an imitation, infrared studies, pigment analysis, and X-ray testing suggested that it came from Botticelli’s Florence-based workshop, BBC News noted.Back in the 15th century, some workshops produced many versions of a well-liked painting, so it’s possible that this painting could have been one of the copies Botticelli sold to his patrons at the time. It’s also likely that the painting was done by one of Botticelli’s assistants, who might have worked at the Renaissance artist’s workshop.Photo Credit: English Heritage“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,” Rachel Turnbull, English Heritage’s senior collections conservator, told CNN in a statement. “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.”English Heritage consulted with experts from the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, who confirmed the Botticelli painting’s origins. Starting April 1, the colorful artwork will be exhibited at Ranger’s House in London with the Wernher Collection, an assortment of approximately 700 works bought by Julius Wernher, a diamond magnate, in the 19th century.More on Geek.com:‘Nude Mona Lisa’ Sketch Might Have Been Drawn by Leonardo da VinciThis Is the Oldest Cave Painting of an Animal Ever FoundWatch: This Artist Transformed Trash Into Robotic Sea Creatureslast_img

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