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An Old Master can be a great work of art and still not have a firm attribution. Example of an undisputed masterpiece include the Portrait of Luca Pacioli in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, which is sometimes attributed to Jacopo de’ Barberi.

It is not uncommon that some 14th – 17th century artists are referred to as “the Master of …” A familiar example is Robert Campin of Tournai, one of the earliest practitioners of painting in oil, who was known as the ‘Master of Flémalle’ before it became the consensus that Campin was his real identity.

Broadly speaking, however, the fame of the artist will affect the value of the work. Let’s take the example of the painters associated with the Barbizon School. A landscape painting by Corot is most likely more valuable than a similar landscape by Charles François Daubigny or Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de La Peña. Innovation and originality are also important drivers of value, Lucas Cranach the Elder is more highly prized than his son and ditto Pieter Breugel.

Attributed to Jacopo de’Barbari, Portrait of a Mathematician (Luca Pacioli), Capodimonte Naples

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