Where did Cranach’s nudes come from?
Across the city, many works by the 55 artists participating in the 2016 Biennale de Montréal deal with the possibilities, limitations, and consequences of spectacle and spectatorship.
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.
The emblem of the 2016 Biennale de Montréal is a Lucas Cranach the Elder portrait of an alleged witch and its title comes from a Jean Genet play about an upscale brothel.
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.
It’s not quite clear why the art dealer mutilated the painting to begin with.