What Lies Beneath?
Art Analysis & Research has posted an excerpt from an intensive study of Mikhail Larionov’s Red and Blue Rayonism (Beach). An x-ray examination of the painting revealed that the abstract work was painted over a portrait that only led to more intrigue behind the work. See the post by AA&R here on their LinkedIn page, which includes the x-rays and a further link to The Russian Avant-Garde Research Project. While the painting is in no way connected to crime, the study provides an interesting view into the sorts of analyses available to scientific investigators when examining the authenticity of a painting. I wrote about AA&R and their work that uncovered the Beltracchi scandal in my book The Art of the Con (you'll forgive me the shameless plug).
Rachel Mackie reported in the Edinburgh News that Edinburgh Police this week announced the theft of a painting by 19th century Scottish artist John Faed on January 29, 2020. The painting, likely valued in the £2,000 - £3,000 range, was stolen from a residential property. From an investigatory standpoint, the timing of the release is curious. A four-month gap between a crime and a plea for the public's help is unusual. It's unclear as to the reason for the delay. Could it be that the police weren't notified until last week? Might they have had a lead that they pursued over these months that didn't pan out? In any event, those with information are urged to contact Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111. They may do so anonymously.