Masterpiece uncovered

Masterpiece uncovered

It's believed a student painted over a Titian portrait, transforming a mother and daughter into Biblical characters . . .

. . . but fails to sell at auction

. . . but fails to sell at auction

Although it was expected to sell for up to $14 million, the uncovered Titian portrait didn't receive a single bid . . .

An x-ray like no other

An x-ray like no other

If you bring a painting to a hospital, will they x-ray it for you? Apparently if you ask nicely . . .

Titian . . . or School of Titian?

Titian . . . or School of Titian?

Christie's sold a painting for £8000, claiming it was from the "School of Titian". One cleaning later, it was declared the real deal and sold for £64 million . . .

"Long-lost" art collection?

"Long-lost" art collection?

The sellers claimed these paintings had been hidden during the war. Scientific examination showed something else . . .

Look closer

Look closer

Check out this exhibition from the National Gallery in London: "Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes, and Discoveries" . . .

No two fingerprints

No two fingerprints

This art restorer can attribute paintings by the fingerprints left behind—or can he?

Real-World Art Discoveries

Can you really x-ray a painting at a hospital? Would an auction house really overlook a major work of art? Many of the more outlandish moments in UNDER THE EGG were actually inspired by real-life events.

 

Check out the links below to discover more stranger-than-fiction discoveries in the art world.

©2016 Laura Marx Fitzgerald

No two fingerprints

This art restorer can attribute paintings by the fingerprints left behind—or can he?

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