Saturday, February 19, 2011

Luck o' the Irish

Sixteenth-century artifacts seem to be popping up in random places rather often lately.
A painting bought at a garage sale in South Bend, Indiana turns out to be a sixteenth-century portrait by François Quesnel (1542-1619), court painter to Catherine de Medici and her son Henri III. I'd love to know the history of this painting--especially since the frame bears a brass plate that reads "Gift of Ruskin"--quite possibly the nineteenth century art critic and poet who is considered the father of the pre-Raphaelite movement. Talk about a bargain purchase! Read the article here.


Gregory House said...

At one garage sale I found both a Hogarth print and an atomic coffee maker. Unfortunately they didn't have any long lost 16th century paintings or treasure maps.

Tya said...

awesome! :D