Jacopo Tintoretto, Creation of the Animals, 1551-52
According to the Bible, on the sixth day God created the animals. Tintoretto presents us with a god who closely resembles the one from Michaelangelo’s fresco on the Sisteen Chapel ceiling. As God creates the birds and fish in the sea, they burst forward. Tintoretto has taken much care in rendering the animals so that we can determine specific species, like sturgeon in the sea, a porcupine on the shore, and swans in the sky. Most curiously, the artist has painted a white unicorn behind God (it is actually a horse with a narwhal tusk on its head, the tusks often being found in cabinets of curiosities), as the unicorn was mentioned in Bible translations in Tintoretto’s time.
A master-forger opinion on the authenticity of Leonardo De Vinci's “Salvator Mundi”
The “Salvator Mundi” broke the historical record in 2017 by being sold to an anonymous buyer for the amount of 450 millions of dollars.
The painting was supposed to be transferred to the Abu Dhabi Louvres for an exclusive collection — which never happened. According to the Wall Street Journal, the unknown buyer is Mohammed Ben Salmane himself which, would not have transferred to the museum yet, waiting instead for the authentication to determine whether the painting belongs to Da Vinci himself or to some of his disciples. The owner would want to be sure first of the authentication of the Da Vinci Christ before transferring it to the Abu Dhabi Louvres.
Artsproof is working closely with David Henty, the master (ex) forger, which is now creating copies of famous artists and sell them with his own signature.
We asked David to give his expert opinion regarding “Salvator Mundi”: “The Salvator Mundi does have certain attributes that could make it a Leonardo, the paint almost blown on, that is a time-consuming effort, Leonardo was known to be very slow.
The right hand is beautifully rendered not so much the left holding the orb.
The pattern on the robe is typical Leonardo & is so hard to replicate, this I believe to be Leonardo's work.
It is certainly a powerful painting with the saviour appearing from the dark background viewed in the candlelight I would think it has a magical effect.
All in all, I would err on the side of it being a Leonardo. It could be a student but I think the hand of the master is there.” David is working these days on his copy for this masterpiece, as can be seen at one of the pictures.
The authentication of pieces of art is always long, difficult and uncertain.
Artsproof is currently working hand in hand with art experts on new technologies & solutions to improve art authentication.
Painted with oil paint so I have to wait ~one week until I can move on with the leaves. 🍃 -
still not finished yet! but if I mess it up here’s a picture of it before that happens😂
Un bar aux Folies Bergère, 1882
Édouard Manet 🖤 #FondationLV#CourtauldFLV 🖤
> . . The barmaid is detached from the surrounding bustle and marooned behind the bar, with her reflection displaced to the right. The mirror shows her conversing with a customer, but she stares at the viewer, seemingly lost in her own thoughts. . <