A Velázquez painting of Spain’s Philip IV has been redeemed after more than three decades of uncertainty.
In 1973, the work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was called inauthentic, likely the work of one of the Spanish master’s disciples. But after a year’s restoration, experts say the painting is, in fact, the work of Velázquez.
The 7-foot-tall image of Philip at age 18 is the king’s first known portrait by the painter’s hand.
Restoration was an impressive feat; Philip had been missing an eye and had been painted over in earlier restoration efforts. But it was worthwhile, revealing details that suggested its authenticity.
sursa: The New York Times