Peter Paul Biro Discusses 'David and Goliath' Art Restoration

Famed Art Conservator Discusses Newly Confirmed Work By Artemisia Gentileschi

Online PR News – 17-March-2020 – Beverly Hills, California – ife was not easy for Artemisia Gentileschi. The woman now considered one of the greatest painters of the 17th century was raped at 19 while working as an assistant for her artist father. In the subsequent trial of her rapist, this fine artist was tortured with thumbscrews by the court in order to be sure she was not lying about her rape.

Remarkably, Artemisia survived these early traumas and went on to be recognized in her lifetime as one of the greatest painters of her generation, creating original works for the House of Medici and Charles the First of England. From a modern perspective, her work was distinctly feminist; in contrast to the timid and weak women depicted by her male contemporaries, Gentileschi's women are bold, courageous, rebellious and powerful personalities.

For centuries, Artemisia and her art were lost from view. Many were attributed to other artists, such as Giovanni Guerrieri or her father, the well regarded painter Orazio Gentileschi. It is only in the last two decades that collectors and museums have rediscovered this Baroque master.

Recently, a painting depicting a victorious David with the head of Goliath was reattributed as a work by Artemisia. It had previously been judged to be by Guerrieri. Detailed forensic analysis was the key to establishing the work's true author. The private conservator Simon Gillespie and the Gentileschi expert Gianni Papi studied the painting for months, noticing a color palette consistent with Gentileschi's work and a similar handling of light and figural detail. Most tellingly, though, was the discovery of the name Artemisia cleverly placed inside the blade of David's sword, along with the digits "16…", likely part of the date of the painting.

This type of painstaking and thoughtful analysis and study are in the same vein as the work of art conservator and restorer Peter Paul Biro.

Peter Paul Biro received his training in painting conservation from his father, the late Geza Biro, a conservator of paintings at the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts and a well-regarded artist painter. For many years, he has worked with universities, and public and private collections to solve some of the most challenging authentication cases. His efforts have included working on paintings from such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michaelangelo, Picasso, Monet and others, to name a few.

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