A Raphael painting bought by Britain’s National Gallery this month for 22 million pounds ($41.7 million) is a fake, a U.S. art professor says.
The gallery secured the “Madonna of the Pinks,” which it called the most significant Old Master in any British collection, after a fight to keep it in the country.
But James Beck, Professor of Art History at Columbia University in New York and the President of ArtWatch International, told Friday’s edition of the Times the gallery had paid “a record price for a fake.”
“They haven’t done their homework,” Beck said. “It’s a disgrace. The National Gallery never checked any of them physically.