Friday, April 2, 2010

'Nessie' picture branded a hoax

"ATTEMPTS to tout a charcoal drawing supposedly of the Loch Ness Monster as a masterpiece by the Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher have been dismissed as a 'scam' by the managing director of a company which licenses the use of copyright on all the artist's work.

An on-line campaign has been mounted to authenticate the drawing found in an attic by retired traffic cop Raffaele De Feo in Voluturara in Southern Italy. The story has hit the Italian national press and TV...

Image top-left: The drawing in question.

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    Nessie in Italian attic mystery
    Mystery drawing may have been done by master illusionist
    By neil macphail

    Published: 13/03/2010

    ARTISTIC CONUNDRUM: The 1949 painting entitled Loch Ness Monster and Black Man without a Face
    More Pictures

    Our Loch Ness Monster is famed the world over, and pops up in very strange circumstances from time to time.

    Now she has surfaced at the centre of an art mystery in Italy.

    This centres around a charcoal drawing dating from 1949, which is described as Loch Ness Monster and Black Man without a Face, and which could possibly have been drawn by famous Dutch artist, MC Escher.

    This story of the mystery painting starts in 2005 in Volturara, a small village in the Italian province of Avellino, where traffic police officer Raffaele De Feo lives.

    When clearing out his family’s attic, he found what he called “the strange picture”.

    Initially he did not take any notice of it, but later, in removing the frame, he sees an inscription on the back of the picture, signed by MC Escher, which reads: “With all my heart to a friendly remembrance.”

    Now some Italians are urging art experts to authenticate the work as being done by Maurits Cornelis Escher, nicknamed “Mauk", and contacted the Press and Journal to spread the world that Nessie “lives” in Italy.

    Escher (1898-1972) was hailed by many as one of the world's most famous graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, as can be seen on the many web sites on the internet. And for several years he lived and travelled in Italy.

    He is most famous for his so-called impossible structures, such as Ascending and Descending, Relativity, his Transformation Prints, such as Metamorphosis I, Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III, Sky & Water I or Reptiles.
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    Nessie in Italian attic mystery –

    Found unpublished painting- picture ( carboncino ) Nessie and Black Man without a face.-
    Artist Master Illusionist : Maurits Cornelis ESCHER 1898-1972 - NL

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    Millbank London SW1P 4RG

    Call+44(0)20 7887 8000
    Fax+44(0)20 7887 8007



    Prioritarie 20.01.05 By air mail Par avion
    First class Mail URGENT DE FEO Raffaele
    Sezione Polizia Stradale di Avellino 83100
    Via G.Palatucci 16

    Thank you very much for contacting Tate
    Collection. Your material has been passed to
    The appropriate curator and we will be in
    Touch with you again shortly.

    Collection Curators
    Collection Management
    Library and Archive

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    T A T E M O D E R N
    Bankside London SE1 9TG
    Call+44(0)20 7887 8000
    Fax+44(0)20 7401 5052

    02 May 2007
    De Feo Raffaele
    Sezione Polizia Stradale de Avellino
    83100 Via G.Palatucci 16

    Dear DE Feo Raffaele

    Thank you for the letter and information that you sent Tate Modern, which have now been
    Discussed by the curatorial team at Tate Modern and have been passed to me for reply. While we
    Appreciate your thoughtful proposal, exhibitions and displays are planned far in advance. Our
    Calendar is now completely booked through 2009, and we are reluctant to commit to any new
    Projects until we are fuether along in planning for the shows that are currently being organised by
    Our own curatorial staff.

    I am sorry to be the bearer of such disappointing news, but on behalf of the team here, I should
    Like to wish you every success in realising your idea elsewhere.

    Thank you for thinking of Tate Modern.

    Yours sincerely,
    Aleanor Jones
    Director’s Office
    Tate Modern



    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
    Direccion Salida n. 248 -pecha 22-12-04

    Raffaele De Feo
    Sovrintendente della Polizia di Stato
    Sezione Polizia Stradale di Avellino
    Via Palatucci,16
    83100 Avellino,ITALIA

    Madrid 16 de dicembre de 2004

    Estimado Sr.De Feo :

    Muchas gracias por su carta en la que nos envia la offerta de venta de una obra de Maurits Cornelis
    Vista y studiata dicha offerta, le comunico que, lamentablemente,no encaja dentro del proyecto de
    Adquisiciones que el MNCARS tiene previsto de manera immediata.

    Agradecie’ndole de antemano su interes, y esperando colaborar en un futuro proximo, reciba un
    Cordial saludo

    Ana Martinez de Aguillar
    Directora M.N.C.A.R.S.
    c/santa isabel,52
    28012 Madrid

  4. Andrea Dipré, famous art critique- Great works of art- MCE NESSIE

    Nessie Loch Ness Monster and the Black Man without a face date 1949-
    Artist Maurits Cornelis ESCHER 1898-1972 NL

    Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world's most famous graphic artists. His art is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, as can be seen on the many web sites on the internet.
    June 29th 2010, Rome
    Great works of art
    Andrea Dipré, famous art critique with Antonio Prospero, CEO of the Escher-
    Nessie association.
    Welcome to you all by Andrea Dipré, presenter of the program The Great Works
    of art. The subject of today’s program is a drawing of exceptional and
    fundamental importance due to its artistic value by the Dutch graphic artist
    and engraver Maurits Cornelis Escher who, with his genius, tackled the
    geometrical representation of art.
    One of his works was found by chance a few years ago, stashed away for decades
    in an old and forgotten garage in a small village in the southern region of
    Campania. This work is of extraordinary importance.
    Escher was loved by scientists, mathematicians and logicians. The work is
    dedicated to the myth of the Monster of Loch Ness known as Nessie.
    The picture is held together in a wooden oak frame and depicts a mysterious
    figure playing a fife who seems to be enchanting the sea creature with his
    Here you can see a life-size photo of the original, which is well hidden in a
    secret location. On the back of the picture there is the signature of Escher
    himself as confirmed by a scientific study of his calligraphy.
    The work is a charcoal drawing measuring 53 cm x 42 cm. This extraordinary
    piece of art was found, as said above, by chance by policeman Raffaele De Feo.
    The calligraphy and signature have been officially recognized. The work is of
    amazing importance also due to the sightings of the Monster of Loch Ness which
    began in the 1930s.
    The work was given to policeman Rafaelle De Feo’s mother and brought to Italy
    a few years later to Volturara Irpina a small village in the southern province
    of Avellino . Escher managed to represent the essence of Nessie. Here is the
    life-size photo of the picture. You can contact the owner or Mr. Prospero for
    more information, and have the chance to see the original which belongs to myth
    rather than history.
    The work, I remind you, is an Escher, the great Dutch artist who was born in
    1898 and died in 1972. Mr. Prospero is also working hard to make the piece of
    art obtain the recognition it deserves. It has already had great success by a
    vast public, but my wish is for it to obtain even larger and wider popularity.
    Thank you.
    Descritption of the work of art
    The moon is well visible high in the dark sky which reflects its yellowish
    light on a waving sea. From underneath this mass of water emerges a monstrous


    NESSIE NEWS - Italy

    Policeman found unpublished coal drawing NESSIE Loch Ness Monster and the Black Man without a face date 1949 cm 53 x cm 42 – Famous Artist M.C. ESCHER 1898 -1972 NL

  6. Found Unknown Picture of M.C ESCHER 1898-1972 NL dated Work 18.1.1949 representing Nessie the Monster of Loch Ness .-
    Documentation of originality 'filed with the court of Rome .-
    Volturara Irpina ( AV ) - ITALY
    Unpublished Coal drawing NESSIE Loch Ness Monster
    and the Black Man without a face date 1949.-
    Famous Artist M.C. ESCHER 1898-1972 NL

    Sede Legale Volturara Irpina ( AV ) via A. DI MEO n. 122 Regione
    The A.N.N. after the discovery of the unpublished Picture, Which is
    Volturara Irpina (AV ) article, after being transmitted by the BBC program
    and the Italian mass media about the new appearance of the Monster of Loch Ness
    ( Scotland) Necessary needs to inform the whole world that the Holland Painter
    and engraver M.C. Escher had already painted and announced the new
    reappearance, recalled by the Black Man without a Face.

    And with what has been written above, with peaceful intentions:

    1 ) either Escher had seen personally the monster of Loch Ness while he was
    wandering about;

    2 ) or Escher believed that the monster of Loch Ness really existed and thats
    why he did the drawing.

    This work of art is dated 01.18.1949. The Handwriting consultation is made of
    51 pages and has been sworn and registered at The Court of R O M E in the date
    of august 4 .2006. This is a big discovery for the World of art. The Republic
    power of Attorney, of Avellino is even occupying about This case, interested
    has for the Policeman who is the owner of this Picture. Holland denies The
    existence of this unpublished Picture without seeing it or examining it .
    Honour and glory to Escher, the Loch Ness Monster,to everybody Irpine and the
    national And international Mass media that will publish this HISTORICAL EVENT.

    “This picture coal drawing has been verified that is by M.C.ESCHER”
    President Michelangelo MARRA Volturara Irpina 04-01-2013

  7. Nessie in Italian attic mystery
    ATTENZIONE : il comunicato stampa e' stato tradotto in inglese mediante il traduttore google translate pertanto potrebbero esserci degli errori.
    83050 Volturara Irpina ( AV ) via A. Di Meo n.122 - ITALY
    e.mail :
    This was announced basis at the National Association of Nessie Mass - Media That the National and International for the Preliminary JUDGE Dr. Giovan Francesco Fiore read the request for indictment filed by the Public Prosecutor S. Dr. Cecilia Annecchini public prosecutor in criminal proceedings on 11.12.2012 N. 5843/12 R.G. GIP, sets the preliminary hearing in closed session for the day 06/04/2013 10:00 in Avellino, Palace of Justice - GUP-First floor classroom. - ACCUSED in relation to the offense p. and p. from 'art. 595 paragraph 3 C. P. VELDHUYSEN Mark, CEO of MC ESCHER B.V. Dutch, for half a Internet offended reputation RAFFAELE DE FEO, as the current owner of a charcoal drawing of the famous Dutch painter Maurits Cornelis Escher depicting the Loch Ness Monster, defining this work to fake Because It made ​​them signed by Escher. In Addition, in His capacity as CEO of the firm MC Escher BV , Expressing Judgments about the authenticity of the work in terms of where incorrect Stated That was a matter of a scam.
    As President of the National Association Nessie we are excited about this sensational news That will surely project the irpinia the national and international limelight. To our knowledge, the famous Dutch graphic artist MC ESCHER engraver (1898 - 1972) dated 1949 depicted in the work UNEDITED Nessie the Loch Ness monster That Emerges from the water drawn from the notes of a flute played by black men without a face.
    THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT Michelangelo Marra
    Enclosed: Original Photo of the work - Committal for trial.