Is this Manet's copy of a Velázquez?

April 24 2020

Image of Is this Manet's copy of a Velázquez?

Picture: The Provenance Research Blog

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's an interesting blog investigating whether the above picture is in fact Manet's copy of Velázquez's portrait of Philip IV of Spain, now in the National Gallery, London. The picture bears an alluring inscription on the back attributing the picture to Manet and placing it at The Arts Club in Mayfair. As any picture researcher knows, inscriptions can be either very useful or send you on many a wild goose chase. Although the blog shows that their research was inconclusive, the piece provides a engaging insight into the due diligence required to look into such cases.

The blog is relatively new, and seemingly supported by art historians Dr Tom Flynn and Angelina Giovani.

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