A collection of ten paintings, thought to be by the prominent Flemish painter, Van Dyck, has been put on display for the first time in a monastery in Yugoslavia.
A collection of ten paintings, thought to be by the prominent Flemish painter, Van Dyck, has been put on display for the first time in a monastery in Yugoslavia. There has been controversy as to whether the works are by Van Dyck or by one of his pupils.
SYNOPSIS: The paintings were reported as being found in the Pleterski Monastery about a year ago. Since then they've been moved to the nearby Kostanjevica Monastery, which is now used as an art gallery. It was there the investigations into the validity of the works was carried out.
The paintings all feature Christ's Disciples and, after their restoration, the board of experts refused to give a ruling. They said the works were of the highest quality, but that they could have been done by one of Van Dyck's pupils.
But the Dutch author, Lee van Puyveldi, is convinced they are genuine. He said they were painted in about 1617.
The paintings were brought to Yugoslavia from France about 75 years ago. But they weren't shown publicly until Saturday (11 June) and had been kept in well-guarded safes until then. Van Dyck's particularly famous for his numerous particularly famous for his numerous portrait works, but his religious paintings are also renowned. If these paintings are his, it's thought they would have been done early in his career - before he entered the studio of Rubens.