'Britain's Lost Masterpieces' (ctd.)

September 26 2016

Image of 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces' (ctd.)

Picture: Swansea Museum

I'm delighted to be able to tell you about the first news story from Britain's Lost Masterpieces. It's about the discovery of a beautiful and rare study by Jacob Jordaens, Atalanta and Meleager. Above is a post-restoration photo. Below is what it looked like when we first saw it. I've never seen such disastrous overpaint before. Fortunately, it was easy to remove.

The finished picture is in the Prado Museum, and can be seen here.

I'll be writing a much fuller piece on the painting and what it means for Jordaens' oeuvre (quite a lot, it turns out). But in the meantime, here is a piece I've written for the Art UK site, which was how we first came across the painting. 

There's been quite a lot of news coverage. Here's The Sunday Times. It's been interesting to see how the news gets repeated by other sources, who can then make the occasional mistake. One newspaper, for example, said that the discovery would be shown in a new episode of Fake or Fortune?. While Artnet news came up with something very curious about us proving the painting by dating the frame!

Update - alas, it looks like Swansea Museum is facing unprecedented budget cuts. Let's hope any renewed interest in their collections can help fend off the local authority axe wielders.

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