When Christopher Wright, a British art historian, acquired a copy of an Anthony van Dyck, he surely did not expect it to be an original. “I bought it from a merchant in West London,” he told ‘The Guardian‘. The man He now believes that this piece could be worth slightly more than 47,000 euros.
It is a portrait of Isabel Clara Eugenia, Infanta of Spain and regent of the Netherlands between the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This copy, acquired in 1970, has hung on Wright’s wall for decades without his knowing its importance. Colin Harrison, Head of the Department of Conservation of European Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, suggested the source on a home visit.
Art historian Christopher Wright bought a copy of a painting – a portrait of Isabella Clara Eugenia, sovereign of the Spanish Netherlands – by Sir Anthony van Dyck for £65 in 1970.
Now, it has been proven to be an original by the 17th century Flemish master! pic.twitter.com/TOBysJLx5c
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“I thought it was an interesting and possibly good painting [y] that, if the hands were okay, it was very possible that Van Dyck had painted themHarrison has indicated. Hoping to learn more about this painting, Wright has taken his purchase to the Courtland Art Institute.
Loaned to an institution
The team has conducted an analysis of the object in hopes of shedding more information about it. Finally, Kendall Francis and Timothy McCall, in charge of the investigation, reveal in their report that it is “very difficult” to know how to attribute to what extent a Van Dyck is.
“Skillful dexterity leads us to suggest that [se] can attribute to Van Dyck’s workshop and that was completed during his lifetime under his supervision“At the moment, the painting acquired by Christopher Wright in 1970, believing it to be a copy, remains in the Cannon Hall Museum in Barnsley. This is an institution that has a collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th century.