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ArtGenomics is proud to have contributed to the re-identification of several lost masterpieces. Please find below a selection of our case studies.

Marguerite de Lorraine, Madame, La Duchesse d’Orléans – by Sir Anthony Van Dyck

ArtGenomics produced a detailed research report for the owner of this painting including previously unknown provenance, detailed technical analysis, and high resolution colour photographs. The research provided by AG was instrumental in the attribution of this work to Sir Anthony Van Dyck and its subsequent sale to a private collector. This portrait is now on long-term loan to the Rubenshuis, Antwerp.

Isabella Brandt - Thomas Lawrence - Web - AG

Isabella Brandt – By Sir Thomas Lawrence

This portrait is a near exact copy of the original by Sir Peter Paul Rubens at the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. By means of technical analysis and provenance research AG was able to establish for the owner that this painting was executed by Sir Thomas Lawrence during his visit to Florence in 1820, and was likely sent to the Italian artist and diplomat Antonio Canova shortly before his death. This portrait is now recognized by the Corpus Rubenianum (XIX (2) Entry 76, Item 10) as the missing portrait exhibited in 1937 at the Kunsthalle Basel (See catalogue entry 222).

Portrait of a Bearded Man - by Solomon Joseph Solomon

Study of a Bearded Man – By Solomon Joseph Solomon

This delicately layered portrait study of a bearded man was brought to AG for further provenance research, pigment and visual analysis.  The results of which were instrumental in establishing an authorship by the late 19th century artist Solomon Joseph Solomon RA.

Portrait of an Old Lady (Thought to be the Artist’s Mother) – By Sir David Wilkie

This sensitive depiction of an old lady in profile possibly represents the Artist’s mother in old age. The work was purchased by a private collector who then consulted AG for visual and materials analysis, as well as provenance research. ArtGenomics unearthed a record of the painting in a highly regarded collection by 1865 and further documents showing that it was purchased by one of London’s most reputable dealers in 1877. On both occasions it was attributed to Sir David Wilkie, and said to depict his mother. Technical analysis confirmed that the painting is of the correct period and consistent with the working practice of the artist.

Sofonisba Anguissola - Self Portrait (?)

Self-Portrait(?) – By Sofonisba Anguissola

The owner of this painting came to ArtGenomics interested in knowing more about the condition of the work and how it was cared for in the past. Using IR, UV, and microscopic analysis, AG determined that the painting had been carefully conserved by its previous owners and may have once been displayed with a stucco frame in the recess of a wall – as was once common in the architecture of Italian villas.

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