The Strange Fate of a Studio of Botticelli

November 16 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Guardian has reported on the latest news in the strange fate of a studio work by Botticelli that became embroiled in a lengthy law-suit several years ago. The article claims that recently emerged documents (which may be forged) might prove that a court handed the painting over to the wrong owners. The picture is also allegedly 'missing'. This is a story that has been going on for some time, as this 2014 article by explains.

The newspaper may not want the picture to be 'found', as they didn't illustrate the actual painting in question (pictured above). Instead, they inserted an image of a Botticelli in the NGA, Washington DC, with the following description:

Sandro Botticelli’s Madonna and Child (circa 1470), which has features in common with the missing masterpiece of 1485.

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