quote:Originally posted by ImpastoA friendly forum reader sent this message to me and I think the information is certainly worth sharing. Here´s his message:I am not a forum member but follow the conversations closely.....I am surprised no one has commented on the very apparent lettering on the painting. To see it you must use the higher resolution image supplied (1024x ) by the owner . Look above the head of the boy(page?Prince?) holding the dog, at the rightside armrest beneath Isabella´s raised arms and clasped hands.... In blue on blue color on the edge of a pillow/cover facing the observer , two lines that appear to say: line one: C I T Y line two: ? (symbol) A S S or ?(X) A C S ........................or combined CITY (CHI) PASS The symbol may be the greek X, i.e., CHI, possibly for chicago often referred to by its natives as the city.The second line, I suspect, identifies an art school bunch or, conveys the meaning of a ´´city pass to the columbia exposition events.´´ I am pursuing the possibility that it´s an art school or transportation system/authority acronym. To see it I used the forementioned image with the zoom function (100% is enough) in Picassa, with my screen resolution set to 1024x732. I don´t think it a phantom.Without scanning over the previous messages to see if anyone has brought it up, it makes sense to me that this may have been created in commemoration for the Colombian Exhibition in Chicago at the tail end of the 19th century.-Chad W.http://cwysart.etsy.com
quote:Originally posted by Hans_K1830/40, please... new details came up after saintluc reply, fresh panel beneath the surface and a new varnish panel (reverse side). I guess you forgot to show Christopher Apostle some of the pic, if not please sell it as soon as possible to him and congrats from here as well [:)]
quote:Originally posted by Hans_KMarie, I respect Mr. Apostle very much, actually I meet him in person several times. Perhaps he had a bad day and just suggested you to clean and restore it.
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quote:Originally posted by TLWilliamsOk well I finally found a few spare minutes and I have found the inspiration for this painting. So I think we can safely assume the artist is likely to be Mexican.Translating 1492: Mexico´s and Spain´s First National Celebrations of the ´´Discovery´´ of the Americas, by Oscar E. Vázquez Art Journal © 1992 College Art Association.....In both Mexico and Spain during the 1850s - the early years of the National Academies´ state funded exhibitions - images of Columbus reflect typical European interests in often anecdotal historical details. For example, the two works Columbus at the Court of the Catholic Kings by the Mexican Juan Cordero (1824-1884) and Christopher Columbus at the Convent of La Rabida by the Spaniard Eduardo Cano (1823-1897) both won medals in their respective salons of 1850 and 1856; both inspired a series of imitators; and both championed Columbus by presenting him as the vehicle that brought Christianity to the New World and by emphasizing his enlightened foresight. Codero, despite his defiantly anti-Spanish posture within academic circles, maintained Spanish attitudes in describing New World inhabitants as cultural trophies in the service of the Catholic kings....www.pietafineart.comOld Masters, New EyesFine Art Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery11 July 2007 - 10 February 2008http://www.virtualmuseum.info/press/103.asp