20 Modigliani paintings turned out to be fakes.


Last year, more than 100 thousand people gathered at an exhibition in Genoa to see the paintings attributed to the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. However, the examination of these works showed that most of the work is fake. 20 of the 60 paintings by Amedeo Modigliani presented at the exhibition in the Palazzo Ducale (Genoa) proved to be quality forgeries of the original master paintings. This conclusion was made by a team of specialists after various inspections and examinations.

The first in the authenticity of paintings doubted the art expert and collector Carlo Pepi (Carlo Pepi), who saw photos from the exhibition in social networks. He notified the Italian police and the international press about his suspicions. Initially, the organizers did not take the criticism of the man seriously, calling it groundless, and even wanted to sue Pepi for damage to his reputation.

It is also worth noting that these arts were exhibited before in several well-known museums in Europe, so there was no doubt about their authenticity. Soon, prosecutors in Genoa decided to remove 21 of the 60 paintings exhibited in July, which led to an unexpected closure of the exhibition three days before the scheduled time. The experts concluded that only one investigation work, which had a certificate of authenticity issued by the Italian government, was not forged. “For many years now I’ve been trying to fight the fakes of Modigliani’s works. Sometimes there is a feeling that after the death of the artist created much more work than in life. What we were able to spot is just the tip of the iceberg, “commented Carlo Pepi. The art historian Isabella Quatrocci, whom the Italian authorities asked to study the works, described the pictures as “frankly falsified”, referring to their style and pigment composition. According to Pepi, the market works Modigliani just riddled with fakes. He is one of the most frequently copied artists, as works of the master are sold for fabulous money.

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Priceless work of art sold for a penny


Perhaps everyone has heard the story that people bought “beautiful pictures” on flea markets and other knick-knacks for a pittance, and then it turned out that they acquired world masterpieces worth millions of dollars. In this review are collected real works of art, which at one time were purchased for a mere penny.

“Landscape on the banks of the Seine.” Auguste Renoir, 1879

In 2009, a resident of Virginia (USA) bought several plastic figurines and a painting for $ 7 on the flea market. According to the girl, she was more attracted not by the picture, but by a beautiful frame. Already at home she saw in the picture a sign with the name of the famous artist Auguste Renoir. At the insistence of her mother, the girl attributed the acquisition to the auction house, and there they confirmed the authenticity of the Impressionist painting. “Landscape on the banks of the Seine” Auguste Renoir estimated at 75 thousand dollars. The joy of finding the mistress gave way to grief, because the picture could not be sold. It turns out that the canvas was stolen. In 1926, it was acquired by the American collector Herbert May, then the painting was exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art. From there, in 1951, she was abducted. At the end of 2014, the canvas was returned to the museum.

“When is the wedding?” Paul Gauguin, 1892

Paul Gauguin was one of the outstanding representatives of post-impressionism. Unfortunately, during the artist’s lifetime his paintings were not in demand. Gauguin was very poor. To his friends he wrote that he did not even have anything to buy a piece of bread, he had to eat only water and fruits, which were growing everywhere in Tahiti. In 1892, living on the island, Gauguin painted the painting “When is the wedding?”. After the death of the artist, it fell into the hands of private collectors almost for nothing, but, ironically, it became the most expensive painting in the world. In 2015, the museum acquired the picture of Qatar for a record $ 300 million.

Egg Faberge – a gift of Emperor Alexander III to Maria Fyodorovna’s wife for Easter in 1887
After the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks practically sold out works of art, paintings, icons, jewelry belonging to the royal family for almost nothing. The same fate befell the 36 precious eggs made by the jeweler Carl Faberge. Egg Faberge with a clockwork. The fate of one of these eggs, long considered lost, is simply amazing. Once an American metal trader bought a gold product for 14 thousand dollars and planned to resell it for 15 thousand to get “quick” money. However, there were no buyers. Then the owner decided to remelt the jewelry, but finally still looked in the Internet and entered into the search keywords: “egg”, “Vacheron & Constantin” (the inscription on the watch mechanism inside the egg). He found an article in the British newspaper The Telegraph, which talked about Faberge eggs. In one of the photos, an American saw a piece of jewelry similar to his purchase.

Exhibition in the mansion of von Derviz, St. Petersburg, 1902
The trader closest flight went to London to the director of the antique gallery Wartski Kairen McCarthy and showed him the photo of his egg. The antiquary came home to an American and saw an egg standing on a table between a sugar bowl and a pie. When McCarthy said that the find is real, the trader lost consciousness. The pedestal of the jewelry is decorated with golden wreaths, blue sapphires, miniature bows with diamonds. Inside it are ladies’ watches with golden arrows. It was this egg Alexander III presented as a gift to Maria Feodorovna for Easter in 1887.
Egg Faberge, bought for 33 million dollars. According to the antiquarian, an American received for Faberge’s egg so much money that “it turned his whole life”. A gold product was bought by a private collector for $ 33 million.

The wedding crown of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna in a wedding diamond crown
Touching on the topic of the deplorable fate that befell the jewels of the imperial family after the revolution, we can not fail to mention the marriage crown of Alexandra Feodorovna “Russian Beauty”, decorated with 1535 diamonds of antique cut. In November 1926, the Bolsheviks began selling crown diamonds literally to kilograms. The diadem went under the hammer for a mere penny – only 310 pounds. Needless to say, the real price of the decoration is estimated at millions of dollars.

Declaration of Independence of the United States of 1776

In 1989, at a flea market in the state of Pennsylvania (USA), a man for $ 4 bought a most interesting artifact – the US Declaration of Independence in the frame. Over time, it turned out that this is not a copy, but an original. It is known that on the night of July 4, 1776, 200 copies of the Declaration were made, of which up to today only 25 pieces have reached. The document was sold at Sotheby’s auction in 1990 for $ 2.45 million.

Top 5 the most interesting discoveries of 2017

From the recently found 3500-year-old tomb in Egypt to solve the puzzle works of René Margritte – this is the 5 most remarkable artistic and historical discoveries of the past year.
1. The discovery of new tombs and artifacts in Egypt.

Earlier in December, the Ministry of the State Service for Antiquities announced the opening of two 3,500-year-old tombs in the necropolis of Draa Abu-Naga in Thebes near the southern city of Luxor. The researchers believe that the structure was built during the 18th dynasty (1550-1292 BC). They also found a number of artifacts, including funerary furniture, painted wooden masks and about 450 statues. Another 3,500-year-old tomb in the same necropolis, built for the royal jeweler Amenemhat, was discovered in September. And in March, pieces of the 8 meter-high statue of the pharaoh (probably Psammetich I, who ruled between 664 and 610 BC) were dragged from a dirty ditch in the working class area in Cairo.
2. Archaeologists have found one of the most significant Roman mosaics.

Although the project began in 2011, it was not until August 2017 that the organizers realized that they had found something extraordinary. As it turned out, they found a surprisingly well-preserved mosaic, which depicts the Greek mythological hero Bellerophon. Scientists have called it “the most unusual” discovery in the UK over the past half century.
3. There were new facts of the biography of Leonardo da Vinci.

It was a great year for da Vinci, and it’s not just about his painting, which was sold at auction for a record $ 450 million. The experts managed to determine the identity of the artist’s mother. For centuries, historians have been sure only that her name was Katerina. A new book based on previously forgotten financial documents from Vinci and Florence indicates that she was a poor orphan named Katerina di Meo Lippi. When the girl turned 15, she began to meet with 25-year-old lawyer Sero Piero da Vinci. Later, the master’s mother married a local farmer, Antonio di Piero Buti. A new study in the book also disputes the birthplace of Leonardo, because for a long time they considered the village Anciano.
4. The last part of the picture of Magritte was found in Belgium.

In November, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium announced that the researchers found the fourth and last part of the work of René Magritte “The Enchanted Pose” (1927). This discovery completes the artistic and historical puzzle, which the researchers tried to solve in 2013.
5. Details of 2000-year-old petroglyphs in Venezuela with the help of drone.

Although archaeologists have known about engravings for many years (their size and location), the group of islands Atures Rapids greatly impeded their photographing in full. Only thanks to unmanned aerial vehicles managed to capture all these unique drawings. These images are part of a larger project that studies the pre-Columbian civilizations.

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Artist Qi Baishi broke the record at the Poly auction

Qi Baishi became the first Chinese artist to join the club $ 100 million. A collection of 12 unique works by the artist “Twelve Landscape Screens” (1925) went under the hammer for $ 140.8 million (931.5 million yuan) on Sunday at the Poly auction house in Pekin. This is the highest price for the work of Chinese art at auction.
Only 15 other artists, including Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh, were auctioned for more than $ 100 million (including inflation).

The name of the buyer representatives of Poly is not yet called. According to Leon Vender, an expert on Chinese art who was present at the sale, the auction was “insane” and was conducted by phone.

Qi Baishi created his works in 1925, when he was already 62 years old. The artist was born into a poor family in 1864 and worked as a carpenter before he began to travel to China at the age of 40. “Scrolls can be considered as the most expressive style in the stylistic transformations of Qi Baishi. In addition, they are the largest works of the master, “- wrote the auction house. The only other example of the set was created in 1932 for the military commander of Sichuan Province Wang Zunhu (currently in the Sanxia Museum in Chongqing). “I’m not surprised that the meeting was sold much more expensive than its estimeyta, because Baishi is the most influential of all Chinese artists in the XX century,” – said Leon Wender. He also added that the 12-band set has a “reinforced concrete provenance” and an “amazing state”.
Till Sunday, Baishi’s auction record was $ 28 million and was set in December 2016 at Poly International. However, in 2011 the triptych “Eagles on the Pine” (1946) was sold for $ 65 million, but the buyer did not pay for it.

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Turnover of Sotheby’s for 2017 at $ 4.7 billion

The auction house Sotheby’s reported on its turnover for 2017: the auctions brought in 13.1% more than last year.
Affairs on the art market in general and the auction house Sotheby’s in particular is again on the rise. The turnover of the auction house increased by 13.1% compared to the previous year and reached $ 4.1 billion. This house is largely due to buyers from Asia: they left about $ 1.6 billion at auction.

The most expensive lot auction Sotheby’s in 2017 was the painting “Untitled” by Jean-Michel Basquiat, for which Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa paid $ 110.5 million.

At the auction in Hong Kong was set a record for diamonds and jewelry: the jeweler Chou Tai Fook bought a huge diamond “Pink Star” for $ 71.2 million There is also a new record for Chinese pottery: a small bowl era of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) went for $ 37.7 million.

Another record: the total revenue from the evening auction of Impressionism and Modernism and Surrealism in London was $ 240.8 million. The hero of the evening was Gustav Klimt. His canvas “Blooming Garden” in 1907 was sold for $ 59.3 million – so much for the artist’s landscapes have never been paid.

The main contribution to the final amount was made in the November auction in New York, where the works of impressionism, modernism and modern art were sold for $ 724 million. A drop was added and Russian auction with a record for painting by Nikolai Feshin at $ 4.9 million. The most expensive work of the old the master became the canvas of Joseph Wright of Derby, a British caravagist of the 18th century, depicting a scene with a model and artists in the light of candles – it went for $ 9.7 million.

The main rival of Sotheby’s auction house Christie’s traditionally reports on its results in January. However, there is no doubt that he will be the leader of the price race in 2017, as it was sold at the auction Christie’s “Savior of the World” Leonardo for an amount that is unlikely to be exceeded in the near future – $ 450.3 million.

In the Vatican Museum found two new paintings by Raphael, written 500 years ago

Frescoes, which can belong to the brush of the great Italian painter Raphael Santi (1483 – 1520), were found in the Vatican Museum in the Hall of Constantine during the restoration. It’s about two female figures in the Hall of Constantine, written more than 500 years ago.

The room of Constantine, telling the story of the “adoption of Christianity” by the Roman emperor Constantine in 312 AD, is the last of the so-called Raphael stans, rooms of the former papal apartments whose walls were painted by the Pope Julius II in 1508 (simultaneously with the painting the vault of the Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo).
The fact is that the frescoes of the last largest hall began in 1519, and Raphael died suddenly in 1520 at the age of 37. It is believed that the painter personally did not work there, and the completion of the order was completed by his pupils who used other techniques.
“We knew about these two figures before, but only now we managed to study them in detail with the newest technologies available today,” the press service of the Vatican Museum said. They clarified that in the Hall of Constantine are restoration works, which allow more detailed study of the frescoes.
“Based on some historical sources and receiving the latest information about these two figures, the researchers can assume that they were drawn by Raphael himself, but as it happens in such cases, one can never say anything with certainty.” The hypothesis remains a hypothesis, although, very probable “.

Restoration of the Raphael stanza began several years ago and will be completely completed in 2022. At the same time, visits to this part of the museum did not stop for a day. The walls where the restorers work, often at night, alternately are covered with impenetrable panels.

With the feast of St. Nicholas!

With the feast of St. Nicholas, dear our connoisseurs !!!
We all once were children and we still like, like children, to receive tasty and sweet gifts under the pillow. After all, we ourselves have been well behaved this year))). One of these gifts can be a tasty work – “Marmalade. Lemon slices ” artist Natalia Martyniuk.

Art and Computerized Evaluation Systems (FACES) will help you recognize faces in portraits


FACES technology will help scientists in the study of works of art and establish their authorship along with radiography and other instruments. The project will be presented in April next year at the New York Museum Frick Collection.

Nicholas Hillard’s portrait miniature of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1588)

Next year on the museum’s website Frick Collection will be available a tool that uses face recognition software of unknown models in portraits. Users will be able to upload photos and use Art and Computerized Evaluation Systems (FACES) to search for the database. The project was launched by scientists from the University of California at Riverside (UCR) with the financial support of the National Foundation for the Support of the Humanities.

FACES uses the same technology that governments use to track down terrorists. The tool will be available on the website of the Reference Arts Library, which is part of the New York Museum. “I hope that scientists will use this tool along with radiography and other technologies,” says Konrad Rudolf, professor of art at UCR. He emphasizes that the task of this technology is not to replace the expert’s view, but to help him in the research.

Unlike the earlier version of FACES, which measured the distance between anthropometric points on the face, “version 2.0” uses deep neural networks that take into account a larger number of points and more subtly and in detail analyze complex, nonlinear visual information. “True, artistic liberties, characteristic of portraits created by painters, will never allow us to use universal technology for all works,” Rudolf notes. At the moment, the museum has already explored portraits of many famous personalities, including William Shakespeare and Robert Devereaux, a favorite of Elizabeth I. But, according to Rudolph, the potential of software is not limited to portraits. It can be used to establish authorship of works in other spheres of art. The project will be presented in April 2018 at a symposium in the Frick Collection.

The well-known painting da Vinci “Savior of the World” went to the Louvre of Abu Dhabi


The Abu Dhabi Louvre wrote a very simple message on Twitter: “The Savior of the World” of da Vinci will be brought to #LouvreAbuDhabi. ”

To make sure the readers did not doubt the seriousness of the tweet, the official account of the museum in Twitter posted messages in three languages: English, Arabic and French. Shocking art news were also posted on the Facebook page (though only in Arabic). This is an extremely crafty way to release so much news. The next step in the long, twisted story of the mysterious (and somewhat disputed) paintings of Leonardo was the subject of intense speculation, since its sale with Christie’s two weeks ago to the undercover buyer made her the most expensive picture of all time. The record for the Louvre was reported by the auction house Christie, adding: “Congratulations -” Savior of the World “goes to his new home @LouvreAbuDhabi.” It is unknown whether Christie’s really had information that the Louvre Abu Dhabi would become a “new home” for this work. Answering a question about the news, the official representative of the auction house said: “We are very glad that the work will be again in a public place. We do not have additional information. ” The Brunswick Group, the official PR-company of Louvre Abu Dhabi, told the online publication that it can not yet provide official confirmation. Neither the Louvre nor the Louvre Abu Dhabi did not answer the question when they were asked to provide additional information about social media messages. Last week, Louvre’s director Jean-Luc Martinez inspired rumors in the world of art, saying that he is looking forward to the “Savior of the World” hanging next to “Mona Lisa”. However, a museum official recently told reporters: “The Louvre is currently working on a list of credits for Leonardo da Vinci’s 2019 exhibition. It’s too early to say which pictures will be included in the list. ” Interesting is the fact that the opening of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi was last month, at random coincidence, just a few days before the sale became famous paintings. This is one of the loudest parts of the cultural district of Sa’idid and is part of a 30-year agreement between Abu Dhabi and the French government.

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