‘Fake’ da Vinci paintings to exhibit at top art institute
Controversial facsimiles of Leonardo da Vinci paintings are to be exhibited at a top Chinese art institute, drawing ire as fakes according to some internet users and international art critics.
The Leonardo and His Outstanding Circle exhibition is scheduled to open at the Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing from Thursday to December 8. More than 20 paintings by da Vinci and his followers will be exhibited.
Industry insiders cast doubt on the authenticity of the exhibited work.
A picture circulating online shows French painter François Clouet’s facsimile version of da Vinci’s Saint John the Baptist.
“It is probably the worst facsimile version of Saint John the Baptist ever,” a student at CAFA told the Global Times.
Art exhibitors must shoulder their responsibility to spread culture and cultivate aesthetic values instead of fool the audience, You Yong, a doctorate student in CAFA asserted.
The Beijing exhibition promoter, Italian art historian Nicola Barbatelli is mired in controversy for claiming to have located a lost da Vinci: the Lucan Portrait, which is said to be the highlight of the exhibition. lengshumei @globaltimes.com.cn