The Fizwilliam Museum found a whale in a painting? Whale fancy that!
While carrying out conservation work in a gallery of the Fitzwilliam Museum, conservator Shan Kuang removed a layer of varnish and unveiled a whale, hidden in the 1641 painting by Hendrick van Anthonissen View of Scheveningen Sands.
Here is the painting pre-whale:
The painting is whale-y so much better with added whale, and so we’ve fished around for other works of art that would be improved with added sea life.
Turner’s Battle of Trafalgar
The largest mammals in the world played a vital role in the defeat of Napoleon.
This enigmatic artist was clearly inspired by the lonesome creatures of the big blue ocean.
Sunday in the Park with Whale
In Seurat’s Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte, as with the Fitz painting, it’s suddenly a lot clearer why people are gathered around the water’s edge.
Mona Lisa Killer Whale Smile
That mysterious smirk is finally explained.
Edward Hopper’s Whale
Is this what the bartender is looking at?
Botticelli’s Venus, surrounded by gods, nymphs and whales
Because every cherub is a baby whale in disguise.
Van Anthonissen’s restored painting is currently on display in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s permanent collection.