“Afterlife Painting”: How great artists of the past centuries paint paintings by the hands of our contemporaries.
Is there life after death? This rhetorical question worried humanity at all times. For centuries, religion and pundits have tried to put forward their versions and bring them to the public mind. And at the beginning of the last century, a new pseudoscience appeared – parapsychology, which came close to solving this riddle and put forward its theory, shocking, but having the right to exist. But to believe or not to believe in it is the business of each of us.Research in the field of human existence in our days, more than ever, arouse great interest and contradictions in society. Thus, modern parapsychologists put forward the hypothesis that human souls, leaving temporal bodies after death, do not disappear anywhere, but continue to soar in reality and contact with living people. Scientists from science, respectively, categorically reject this theory.
But be that as it may, in the history of mankind there are quite a few confirmed facts testifying to the contacts of people with the subtle worlds, after which the souls of the departed leave traces of their deeds in the real world. It was also discovered that the invasion of otherworldly forces into the reality of people, apart from their will, is not such a rare phenomenon. And this phenomenon manifests itself in different cases in different ways. Such facts were not once recorded in art, directly in the field of painting.
And as studies have shown, which began to be conducted by experts in the second half of the 20th century, it was the deceased outstanding artists of different eras who more often than other representatives of art try to penetrate this way into the real world and continue their creative process. And while they do it with the hands of people who sometimes had no relation to painting. And, surprisingly, this theory was confirmed in world practice by more than one mystical case.
Execution for a masterpiece and a year in prison for a fake
Such an event was first recorded in 1945, when the high-profile court case of millionaire artist Henrikus Antonius van Meegeren began in Holland, which was charged with promoting and selling masterpieces of world art to the Nazis of Germany during the Second World War. As the main evidence in court, the work of Jan Vermeer, an outstanding master of the Dutch school of painting of the 17th century, Christ and the Harlot, which the artist sold to a million guilders to Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, was presented.
And since in the post-war period, for aiding the Nazi henchmen in Holland, they were judged very harshly – van Meegeren was luminous. However, already the first meeting caused an unexpected huge stir. When the prosecutor read the accusatory speech, the millionaire stated that the sold canvas could not belong to the brush of the artist who lived three centuries ago, since he personally wrote the ill-fated picture shortly before the deal with Goering.
What was the bewilderment of the judge and all those present in the hall. Indeed, before the trial, the authenticity of the canvas was established by Abraham Bredius, a specialist in painting of the 17th century who was most famous for those times, and no one could question his conclusion to the slightest doubt.
However, the defendant insisted on his testimony, stating that the canvas was written by his hand, and Vermeer could be credited with his co-authors. Everyone was perplexed and could not understand how the brilliant painter, who died in 1675, helped paint a picture of the artist who lived in the first half of the twentieth century.
And then everyone heard the story that shocked even the most experienced judges. What Van Meegeren was saying went beyond all limits of common sense and, of course, was not immediately accepted at face value.
The defendant said that he had once graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, and that at first his career as an artist was developing quite well. His first canvas on a religious theme was awarded a prize. And in 1922, Meegeren exhibited several works at an exhibition in The Hague. To the surprise of the artist and to the envy of his colleagues, his work was quickly sold out. However, critics apprehended the work of the young master unkindly and began persecution.
For some time the painter did not respond to provocative remarks. But things went really bad, and he had to leave his homeland and settle in France. But there everything went awry. Finally, in despair, the poor fellow began to drink heavily and reached the extreme point. And when he was ready to lay hands on himself, a gray-haired old man suddenly appeared before him, and said: “Do not take upon yourself a great sin before God. You will destroy not only the soul, but also the talent that has been sent down from above, which you have. I also did not recognize, but I did not give up. Follow my example and I will help you. ” A dumbfounded artist was only able to ask who the front one was, to which the old man replied: “Jan Vermeer.”