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‘The Italian Comedians’ Declared a Watteau by Seven-to-Three Scholar Poll

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Before the J. Paul Getty Museum bought The Italian Comedians (ca. 1720), a painting believed to be the work of French artist Jean-Antoine Watteau, which it announced today, the museum’s leaders summoned an ad-hoc authentication committee, composed of just about all of the world’s top Watteau scholars, to weigh in. The decision was 7-3 in favor of the painting being either by Watteau, or a canvas left unfinished and finished possibly by his student Jean-Baptiste Pater, the Los Angeles Times reported. Read More