Painting bought for a penny turned out to be an expensive masterpiece

(ORDO NEWS) — Christopher Wright, who is a well-known art historian, acquired a beautiful painting for a penny. It actually turned out to be the work of the Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck. This painting was estimated at 54 thousand dollars.

When Wright bought this painting, he at first thought that it was just a copy of the popular court painter van Dyck. The historian paid only $ 88 for the work.

After some time, it was accidentally possible to establish that this is not a high-quality copy, but a real original, which was created for King Charles I in the 17th century. He ruled over England, Ireland and Scotland.

Wright, in order to verify his assumption, took the painting to a familiar specialist – Colin Harrison, who works in the department of European art, which is located in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He, in turn, also expressed the opinion that this is the original, written directly by van Dyck.

The authorship was confirmed due to the specific manner in which the hands are depicted in the model’s painting. Christopher Wright noted that he initially ignored this important point. He also added that van Dijk is a shoemaker without boots, as his collection of paintings has remained the least visible.

At the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Harrison’s suggestion was also confirmed. Wright was then informed that the canvas had undergone a restoration procedure. Now the picture looks incredible.

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