The value of the work, called “Still Life”, is about five million Australian dollars (about three and a half million euros), according to experts. “The 17th-century oil painting shows a stately seating arrangement typical of the Dutch Golden Age and possibly the work of Gerrit Willems. Heda” writes the Guardian of the find.
The work of William Claes. Hey for clarification.
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The work is therefore attributed to Gerrit Williams. Heda, but some experts believe the painting is a collaboration between Gerrit Willems. Heda and his father, William Claes. Hey, it could be. William Claes. Haida is also a talented painter from the golden age, specializing in still life painting. Additional research should show whether this really relates to father-son cooperation.
“Finding an original painting from the 17th century was more than exciting,” says Rebecca Benchin, director of the collection. The painting was discovered during restoration work at Woodford Academy, a former school that was handed over to the National Trust of Australia.
The painting will be on display at Woodford Academy on 14 May as part of the Australian Heritage Festival.
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