‘The vision of Saint Francis‘ after Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669), an early 18th century Italian oil on canvas.
The Vision of Saint Francis is an altarpiece painted by Pietro da Cortona in 1640-1641 for the Montauto Chapel in the Church of the Annunziata in Arezzo. The appearance of the Virgin in the offering of the Infant Jesus to Saint Francis is a common topic in the 17th and 18th centuries. This religious event is painted here with smooth lines, strong light from above and a wealth of colors.
The word after is often used in museums, art galleries and antique stores. The meaning is very simple, it is a copy of that specific artist’s work where the word ‘after’ is placed before or after the artist’s name. It is very important not to forget that the word ‘after’ has nothing to do with ‘faking’ the artist’s work.
An (unknown) artist can paint a copy of a famous work which is exhibited in a museum. This copy if not a fake, because the (unknown) artist is not claiming to be the original artist of the work. When the (unknown) artist wants to sell his own copy, the word ‘after’ is placed before or after the original artist’s work. Now, the work is not a fake, but a nicely made copy.
Using the word ‘after’ for copies has already been done for centuries. But there are different levels of ‘afters’. An ‘after’ can already be an ‘after’ when an (unknown) artist is copying in 2020 the work ‘The starry night’ by Van Gogh. The (unknown) artist is far removed from the original artist by time and association. A very high level of an ‘after’ is when the original artist is involved or approves the ‘after’. Even an original signature by the original artist can be placed on the ‘after’.
Even tough an ‘after’ is a copy, the value and quality can still be very high and ‘afters’ will stay highly collectible.