Before and after

F. Goya (formerly attributed to), ‘Peasant in prayer’. Roma, private collection. Courtesy by 11 [HellHeaven] Art Gallery.

This wonderful ‘Peasant in prayer’ of exceptional expressive intensity was believed for over half a century painted by Goya. The attribution dates back to the 1960s and is due to Prof. A. Porcella and his scientific publication for the Pontifical Bolivarian University (available on request). In his expertise, the then President of the National Federation of Experts and Art Critics calls it “a masterly work of Goya […] of an astounding immediacy”, placing it around 1819.

A. Porcella, “Un capolavoro ritrovato del Goya” Pontifical Bolivarian University. With his hand-written expertise besides.

However, the restoration recently carried out by Dr. Daniele Belardo has highlighted some of elements that cast doubt on the attribution. Once the traces of subsequent repainting (such as the Phrygian cap) have been eliminated, a different hand – although of the highest level – appears.
This extraordinary painting still does not have a convincing attribution that makes the experts agree.


Madonna, XVIII c. Rome, private collection. Courtesy by 11 [HellHeaven] Art Gallery.


F. Guardi (scuola di), around 1790. Rome, private collection. Courtesy by 11 [HellHeaven] Art Gallery.


Here is a clear example of a paint loss due to color flaking in a oil on copper painting of Flemish School, XVII C:

This is the same painting after restoring:

finale