The Gardner Museum is notorious for having, among its lots of superb treasures, numerous photos purchased by Isabella Gardner within the belief they had been autograph paintings by known masters, but which ended up being copies or fakes.

The Gardner Museum is notorious for having, among its lots of superb treasures, numerous photos purchased by Isabella Gardner within the belief they had been autograph paintings by known masters, but which ended up being copies or fakes.

This has a copy, as an example, of Velázquez’s portrait of Pope Innocent X, which found Mrs. Gardner through Berenson ten years following the Philip IV portrait. It absolutely was verified as genuine in 1927 because of the creative art dealer and Berenson associate Joseph Duveen. But by 1931, professionals had been starting to agree that it absolutely was most likely by another hand.

Today, no body thinks it’s a real VelГЎzquez.

The status for the Gardner’s portrait of Philip IV, that will be now on display, is less clear. The Gardner Museum’s web site lists it as a painting by Diego Velázquez.Continue reading