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Friday, 20 February 2015 11:23

The Restoration Service of the Museums of France Authenticates Goya Self-Portrait

Musee Goya Castres' 'Self-Portrait with Spectacles.' Musee Goya Castres' 'Self-Portrait with Spectacles.' Wikimedia Commons

The Restoration Service of the Museums of France (RSMF) has authenticated a rare self-portrait by the Spanish master Francisco de Goya owned by the Musée Bonnat in the small town of Bayonne, in Southwest France, "Le Figaro" reports.

The authentication of "Self-Portrait with Spectacles" (circa 1800) is sensational news for the already well-reputed museum, but not so much for the neighboring Musée Goya, in the southeastern town of Castres, which holds a version of that same painting, thought to be the real deal and now deemed a mere copy.

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