Faked, Forgotten, Found opens June 28
Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) announces the results of two recent investigations of old master paintings in its collection: the discovery of an original 16th-century portrait of Isabella de’ Medici (1542–1576), hidden beneath Victorian-era overpainting; and the findings of a technical analysis of a portrait of Sir George Nevill, Lord Bergavenny, historically attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. Both paintings were examined for display in Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated, a new exhibition which details the careful analysis, conservation, and outstanding questions surrounding selected works in the museum’s collection.
Through inspection of paint crack-lines, and later X-radiographs, conservators determined that the original portrait of Isabella de’ Medici had been creatively repainted, likely to suit 19th-century tastes. CMOA paintings conservator Ellen Baxter was able to successfully clean and restore the painting, revealing a portrait of much greater depth and personality.
Before and after: Isabella de’ Cosimo I de Medici, c. 1570–1574
Attributed to Allesandro Allori
Isabella de’ Cosimo I de Medici, c. 1570–1574
oil on canvas (transferred from panel)
Gift of Mrs. Paul B. Ernst
Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art