Turkish authorities have detained two men for allegedly trying to smuggle a painting by Flemish master Anthony van Dyck, possibly valued in the millions.
“Not this time,” is what Turkish authorities are saying after they arrested two men who were in possession of a gorgeous painting believed to be by Flemish master Anthony van Dyck. The canvas, which could be valued in the millions if authenticated, was seized by undercover police officers as a pair of textile businessmen tried to unload the piece for 14 million Lira ($4.6 million).
Unfortunately, the painting has not been officially authenticated, but Turkish authorities are working with experts from the Museum of Painting and Sculpture in Istanbul to identify the piece. Regardless of the painting’s authenticity, the provenance has a vexing recent history, with two Georgian families claiming ownership.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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