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A colossal mistake? Art world baffled by 'Goya' masterpiece - Times Online

For nearly 200 years it has been regarded as one of Francisco de Goya's towering glories. But today it is revealed that The Colossus was not painted by the Spanish master at all.

After a seven-month investigation, experts at Madrid's Prado Museum came to the reluctant conclusion that the masterpiece was probably the work of Asension Julia, one of Goya's assistants.

Authorities said the painting, which has hung in The Prado for 78 years, was "Goyaesque but not by Goya".

Manuela Mena Marques, head of 18th Century art at The Prado, said: "Seen with adequate light, the poor technique used in its light and colour becomes manifest, as does marked difference between The Colossus and other masterpieces attributed to Goya,"

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by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 27th, 2009 at 04:26:11 PM EST
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