He contributed to his own obscurity by portraying his sitters and characters with humor and smiles, rather than aloof nobility.
So many of us have seen this painting too often in reproduction, without perhaps ever having really seen it at all.
Non-artists have renamed famous paintings before, and they certainly will again.
The authenticity of recently “discovered” works purported to be by Frans Hals, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Orazio Gentileschi has been called into question, and they might only be the tip of the iceberg.
In what’s being called “the biggest art scandal in a century,” French police are investigating about $255 million worth of paintings attributed to Old Masters that they suspect are forgeries.
Dik F. Liu is a Williamsburg-based artist who has compiled a fascinating list on his Facebook profile page of what he has termed the “Not as Famous – Lesser known relatives of well-known artists.” He has allowed us to publish a number of the gems he’s found. Love triangles, same-sex spouses, illegitimate children, there’s a lot of juicy stuff here.