|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Saturday, March 24, 2018
|Original Rubens "Mary Magdalene in mourning with her sister Martha" found in museum |
The hands of a restorer working with "Mary Magdalene in mourning with her sister Martha", that experts believe to be an original masterpiece by Rubens, during the painting's restoration in the museum in the town of Irbit, some 2,000 kilometers east of Moscow. The Irbit State Fine Arts museum a small town in the Urals mountains has discovered what experts believe to be an original masterpiece by Rubens after it was long believed to be a copy, its director told AFP today. AFP PHOTO / IRBIT STATE FINE ARTS MUSEUM.
MOSCOW (AFP).- Russian art experts have uncovered what is believed to be an original Rubens painting in a small-town museum in the Urals mountains region, its director said Friday.
The painting called "Mary Magdalene in mourning with her sister Martha" was long assumed to be a copy, but restoration revealed it to be "undoubtedly" an original by the 17th century Flemish painter, museum director Valery Karpov told AFP.
It was unveiled Thursday in the museum in the small town of Irbit around 200 kilometres (124 miles) from the nearest big city of Yekaterinburg.
The head of painting restoration from the Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg, Viktor Korobov, examined the painting on Thursday, and said it was "undoubtedly an original, created with the participation of Rubens' pupils," Karpov said.
The face of Jesus's follower Mary Magdalene and her arms are believed to have been painted by Peter Paul Rubens himself, while the figure of her sister could have been painted by pupils in his large workshop, Karpov said.
The Hermitage gave the painting to the provincial museum in 1975, when Karpov, then its young director, asked for some art to fill its walls, hoping only for good-quality copies.
The Irbit museum kept the painting in its archives since it was in a poor condition and only last year received state funding to restore the painting.
The painting is known to have been owned by a teacher at a military medical academy at the end of the 19th century. It was requisitioned by the Bolsheviks, who passed it to the Hermitage in 1931 labelled as a Rubens copy, Karpov said.
The painting closely resembles an original in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, but "there are many differences in the details... Our painting is more vivid, the face is more noble, the hair is golden as typical for Rubens," said deputy director Andrei Gamlitsky.
Rubens would often paint several versions of paintings, up to eight sometimes, and would use his pupils to help him, among them Anthony Van Dyck, the future court painter.
The painting will now undergo further testing including analysis of the canvas and the undercoat, Gamlitsky said.
© 1994-2012 Agence France-Presse
November 17, 2012
Original Rubens "Mary Magdalene in mourning with her sister Martha" found in museum
National Gallery of Art acquires major works across media by Ligon, Castle, Fornari, Asselijn, Tripe, and more
Ground-breaking technology allows a virtual autopsy to be undertaken on one of British Museum's mummies
North American premiere of "Roads of Arabia" unearths hidden history of ancient Arabian peninsula
Major Smithsonian exhibition examines the impact of the Civil War on American art
The Morgan Library explores the life and work of legendary author Beatrix Potter
Museum of Modern Art hosts Meta-Monumental Garage Sale by Martha Rosler
PAFA debuts over 200 works by modern and contemporary female artists from the Linda Lee Alter Collection
James Bond villains headline new exhibit at D.C.'s International Spy Museum
William Turnbull, one of the major figures of post-war British art, died on 15 November
1933 King Kong and 1928 Mickey Mouse movie posters eye records in Heritage Auctions' event
Hans Makart's "Abundantia": The Depiction of Abundance and Fertility at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Charlie Chaplin hat, cane and other Hollywood memorabilia to go under the hammer
Wrong Abbey Road: Station draws lost Beatles fans
Milan cathedral launches adopt-a-gargoyle campaign
Site-specific installation by Rachel Feinstein on view at Gagosian Gallery in Rome
RISD Business: Sassy signs and sculptures by Alejandro Diaz opens at the RISD Museum
Pocket watch owned by Italian chief of police who guarded the Pope offered for sale at Bonhams
ING Discerning Eye exhibition prizes announced
New York man accused of fake $11M Jasper Johns sculpture scheme
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time
2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala
3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet
4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater
5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù
6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online
7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines
8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School
9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion
10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.