Group of Six Figures in a Landscape

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
fresco
Dimensions
15 1/2 x 24 in. (irregular)
Credit line
Gift of Mrs. Booth Tarkington, in memory of her husband
Accession number
53.5
Collection
Not Currently On View
Deaccessioned on
June 18th, 2008
Recipient
Christie's
Transfer notes
Sold on 2/9/2009 in the Interiors sale (Lot 41)
Reason
Forgery/Reproduction 
Valuation
Auction Sale Price - $1600
Mr. and Mrs. Booth Tarkington, Indianapolis, in 1906; {1} given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1953 (1953.5) {2}

{1}According to a typescript, presumably presented to the IMA by Tarkington, the Tarkingtons purchased the fresco from a silversmith's shop in Rome on the Via Sistina in 1906, see IMA Historical File (53.5) {2}Although the work was thought to be a 15th or 16th century Italian fresco upon accession, it is now considered to be a modern forgery by an artist discussed by Federico Zeri, "Il falsario in calcinaccio," Quaderni di Emblema: Diari di Lavoro, Bergamo, 1971, pp. 81-91.
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