Will the real Raphael please stand up?

Posted filed under Forgery, Old Masters, Portraits.


The Uffizi self portrait (left) and the new self portrait (right). Courtesy Alessandro Vezzosi

Discovery: “The most iconic and recognizable image of the Renaissance master Raphael (1483-1520), a self portrait on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, has come under scrutiny after an almost identical portrait emerged from a bank vault.

Published in the book “Raffaello Universale,” presented today in Rome, the new portrait is likely to raise a strong debate in the art world.

“The two portraits are apparently identical, so it’s pretty natural to wonder which one is the real one,” Alessandro Vezzosi who co-authored the book with Claudio Strinati, general director of the Italian Ministry of Culture, told Discovery News.”