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(SPANISH FORGER).
A Knighting Ceremony or Joan of Arc.
[?Paris, 1890. Painted panel (410 x 350 mm) on oak. Small portion of lower left corner cut away and replaced (before painting by the forger) consequent cracking to paint surface along those lines, one or two other areas of minor flaking, rubbed (perhaps deliberately) along top and right hand edge. A SPECTACULAR PANEL BY THE ANONYMOUS ARTIST NOW KNOWN AS THE SPANISH FORGER, a prolific and notorious forger working in Paris at the opening of the twentieth century. The subject of a monograph, several articles and a recent exhibition, the forger was famously identified by Belle de Costa Greene of the Morgan Library in the 1930s after numerous manuscript miniatures and panels were observed in American and European collections, often purchased as medieval originals. The forger worked mainly on parchment, sometimes reusing or modifying existing manuscript pages, but over 100 more works on panels have also been identified. Now immediately recognisable and collected in their own right, the Spanish Forger's works nonetheless found themselves, as medieval originals, into private and institutional collections from whence they are occasionally still uncovered. In this substantial panel, the central figure is surrounded by soldiers and courtly ladies in typical Spanish Forger style. This figure faces us directly, hand on heart, brow just covered by a short fringe of wavy hair. A figure to the left buckles a sword, while another kneels to the right fastening spurs. Almost all of the artist's hallmarks are found here: elongated figures in courtly dress, theatrical hand gestures, saccharine … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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