It’s now believed that Trachte forged the painting around 1973 during a bitter divorce. Although the painting remained hidden, he was awarded the Rockwell in the divorce settlement. At first, the experts assumed the painting had been preserved poorly and restored in a sloppy manner. But eventually, they realized the painting hadn’t been restored at all. Jamie founded Listverse due to an insatiable desire to share fascinating, obscure, and bizarre facts. He has been a guest speaker on numerous national radio and television stations and is a five time published author.
- But perhaps the most distinctive trait of a masterpiece is its ability to endure, despite changes in society.
- It did represent an innovation in art — the painting is the earliest known Italian portrait to focus so closely on the sitter in a half-length portrait, according to the Louvre, where it was first installed in 1804.
- Doyle received a six-year prison sentence, and the Corot masterpiece was sold to make restitution to the swindled investor, Fitzgerald.
- The word then evolved to reflect the overall scope or underlying principle of the work being considered.
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In fact, Doyle allegedly knew the painting had been appraised at not more than $700,000. Convinced they were dealing with a fake, Trachte’s grown sons began to scour their father’s studio for clues. They pulled out the fake wall and discovered a hidden room housing the genuine Rockwell painting.
In retrospect, the joke is considered “witty and yet eerily prescient” because it portended some of the future turmoil that the artist would endure. Silent Brad conveys his agreement by his facial expression. The satirical commentary on Lichtenstein’s career, followed the inside joke made the year before in Mr. Bellamy. According to Roberta Smith of The New York Times, Masterpiece was one of Lichtenstein’s works created in a way that produced “faint and uneven” Ben Day dots.
At first, no one else in this strange tale may have known that Thomas Doyle was a felon with 11 previous theft convictions over 34 years. This time, he convinced investor Gary Fitzgerald to pay $880,000 for a supposed 80-percent share of the oil painting Portrait of a Girl by 19th-century French artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Doyle had paid just $775,000 for the masterpiece, not $1.1 million as he told Fitzgerald. But she eventually let the expert see the painting in her apartment. He confirmed it was the missing masterpiece and gave her a $15,000 reward from the original owners and a finder’s fee from Sotheby’s. The painting, also known as Tres Personajes, was sold at auction by Sotheby’s for over $1 million in November 2007.
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It said something about a work of great mastery, or the single greatest work of an artist. But I was vaguely dissatisfied, because for years I’ve heard, albeit second- or third-hand, that the term had to do with the guild system in old Europe. Although the criteria for defining a masterpiece were, for the purposes of this article, entirely up to me, I still couldn’t reconcile these disparate meanings of the word.