‘Fake’ da Vinci paint­ings to ex­hibit at top art in­sti­tute

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Zhao Yusha Page Edi­tor:

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

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