Friday, September 27, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Famous Forgers (Article Project 2)Famous Forgers
There are thousands of people trying to make forgeries to this day, sometimes illegally, but most of the time not. This article will go over three of the most famous art forgers in the world. Mark Landis (b. 1955) is thought to have forged over 100 works of art and presented them to museums in about twenty different U.S states. He donated them but in order to make them look like the real works he used false names and even dressed up as a Jesuit priest. It is said that his first motive for doing all this was to please his mother and bring honor to his father, but he later became too addicted to the VIP treatment from the museum staff. Though he never got any money or tax benefits, he still did it.
Believe it or not, Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475-1564) the Michelangelo from the Sistine Chapel, He made a lot of money by passing off one of his earlier marble sculptures, called “Sleeping Eros”, as an ancient Roman statue. He even damaged and buried the sculpture in a dealer’s yard in order to “discover” it. This is one of his most famous forgeries.
Icilio Federico Joni (1866- 1946) had been a very successful art forger and he would constantly fool Bernard Berenson an art historian. When Bernard realized that the paintings he had purchased from Joni were all fakes, he was not angry; in fact he even traveled all the way to Italy to express his admiration. Joni later published a memoir titled “Affairs of a Painter”, though it is rumored that dealers attempted to bribe him into not publishing it.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Sanctuary of Mercy Church
The Sanctuary of Mercy is a church located in the town of Borja, in the province of Zaragoza in Spain. The church is located about 6 miles from the center of Borja and surrounded by vast pine forest. It is a vacation spot during the summer and weekends.
Mercy Sanctuary is located in the foothills of Mount of Muelta Alta, in the foothills of the Sierra del Moncayo. Initially Mercy chapel was built in 1415 to house the image of the Virgin Mary until the work in the cloister of the church of Santa Maria was finished. The image of the Virgin with the inscription “Mother of Mercy” was buried there for protection during the Arab invasion. After the image was discovered in 1539, on the site of an older church, Santa Eulalia. The chapel was completed in 1546. The chapel has a single nave with three sections with aisles, a chancel and a polygonal apse. The church is covered with lunettes, except in the apse. There is a late Gothic starry vault with complex tracery and key pendants decorated with polychrome. The sacristy is located laterally to the presbytery and is an almost square newest accomplishment.
The Church shows two defined stages of construction. The first corresponds to the 16th century in the chancel and apse. Where it is covered with a starry vault with side buttresses and a single nave, lower in height than the current one. In the 17th century, the current lunette vault was added, and the space between buttresses was covered to transform them into side chapels. The interior of this section was decorated in the Baroque manner.
The fresco entitled “Ecce Homo” was painted on a wall of the church in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, the work of artist Elias Garcia Martinez. The fresco was "restored" in 2012 on the initiative of 81 years old Cecilia Gimenez a parishioner. She improvised and botched the restoration. The Internet center in Borjanos released a picture to the internet and the media gave extensive coverage to the event, showing both the original. World-famous mural painting and the new resulting work.