By: Chieh Yi Cheng and Lillian Lin
Rome, Aug. 27 (CNA) An Italian professor of medieval art has suggested that a controversial
painting on display in Taipei had a style more typical of Mario Nuzzi than his 17th century Italian counterpart Paolo Porpora.
When asked by CNA for her opinion on the painting of flowers in a vase, Stefania Macioce of Sapienza University of Rome said the work showed the influence of the Flemish painting style, representative of Nuzzi (1603-1673), rather than Porpora’s more Baroque touch.
The painting, identified at “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition as “Flowers” by Paolo Porpora (1617-1673), gained worldwide attention after a young boy tripped and accidently punched a hole in it on Sunday.
As the painting was being restored, questions about the painting’s origins were raised when a picture of it from a catalogue of Italian auction house Casa d’Aste Della Rocca showed it as the work of Nuzzi. [FULL STORY]