Or maybe not :o)
But it’s a shock to the system, that’s for sure.
The Villa Farnesina is a famous Renaissance building filled with beauty and history, constructed at the beginning of the 16th century and worked on by the most venerated artists.
Or is it?
Apparently not. I’m reading a new history of the place (sources withheld) that states categorically and undeniably that it was built in 1656 and that the most famous of the famed painters – Raphael – did not actually exist.
OMG. He’s my favourite ever :o(
But there is one bright spark in this. The entire Historical Forgery was not done by the Jesuits or the Freemasons or the Quackademics. It was done by one single family over several generations and with malice-aforethought.
WOW. The millions and billions they must have made. The mind boggles. Imagine them selling just ONE original RAPHAEL from there.
This brings the ENTIRE Art World down in one second. And is probably why it’s all still HIDDEN HISTORY.
A part of me can admire the bald-faced gall of it all.
Oh. And it’s not just confined to this place. They pulled the same stunt with one of the Roman churches that was actually built (to family specifications) in the mid-19th century but is also touted as a Renaissance Beauty.
Stunned, is me!