Hearst Castle Tour Guides Help Identify Artist of 17th-Century Painting

Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle
(Wikipedia)

Two tour guides at the historic castle built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst have helped unravel the mystery of attribution behind a 17th century artwork in the museum's collection.

On a tour, a ray of sunshine illuminated a previously unnoticed or overlooked monogram and inscription on a massive painting in the Assembly Room of Hearst Castle’s 68,500-square-foot main house, La Casa Grande, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The tour guides investigated the inscription, which had long gone unseen in the dimly lit room, even after conservation.

For decades displayed as a work by an unknown artist, the circa-1690 painting of the Annunciation, has now been confirmed to be the work of Spanish artist Bartolomé Pérez de la Dehesa, thanks to the eagle-eyed guides, Carson Cargill and Laurel Rodger.

“This is a major new discovery for the oeuvre of Pérez,” said Museum Director Mary Levkoff.

More News Feed Headlines

Salvador Dali, 1939

Salvador Dali Foundation Sues Museum in California

  • July 15, 2018 16:39

The Salvador Dali Foundation has sued the Dali17 Museum in Monterey, Calif., for copyright ...

Read More

Robert Motherwell's Untitled, 1967

Motherwell Painting Found After Missing for Four Decades

  • July 15, 2018 16:39

A monumental painting by 20th century American master Robert Motherwell was recently found after ...

Read More

Rendering of For Lazy Lobster, part of the Artscapes series at the de Young museum in San Francisco this summer, by Cosima von Bonin, 2018.  Courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery.

ARTFIXdaily Closed From June 25 to July 6

  • June 24, 2018 23:45

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from June 25 to July 6. Subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on ...

Read More

"Purdue" by Domenic Esposito

Gallery Owner Arrested for Placing 11-Foot Drug Spoon Sculpture Outside Purdue Pharma

  • June 24, 2018 23:45

From the Hartford Courant: A Stamford, Connecticut, art gallery owner was arrested and charged ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

 

ArtfixDaily Artwire