“Have a gander at it through the binos.” Dr. Bendor Grosvenor is at Haddo House in Aberdeenshire, urging Jacky Klein to peer at a painting hiding high above a doorway. Through the binoculars, she sees a label: “The Virgin Mary – after Raphael.” But the “after” – telling us it’s by a lesser artist merely aping Raphael’s style – looks like an afterthought in a different typeface. It looks Raphaelian…
This painting, and one confidently announcing it is by landscape master Claude Lorrain, are whisked from a collection built by George Gordon, fourth Earl of Aberdeen and future Prime Minister. While Klein retraces the European Grand Tour that inspired sensitive 18th-century aristocrats, Grosvenor oversees the verification process – giving us a real insight into how attribution and restoration work.

Art experts Jacky Klein and Dr. Bendor Grosvenor visit Haddo House in Aberdeenshire, which may be the home to some of Scotland’s greatest lost paintings. They also head to the storerooms of Montrose Museum, where a portrait of Richard Mead purported to be a copy may actually be the original.

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