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Loch Ness Monster and Black Man without a Face
Loch Ness Monster and Black Man without a Face

Update: Apparently this was a hoax.

Read the comments below:

A long forgotten painting was found in an old Italian attic. The painting had been put aside for years, until traffic police office Raffaele De Feo decided to examine the drawing up close. The drawing was done in 1949 and was signed by M.C. Escher and titled “Loch Ness Monster and Black Man without a Face”. If you remember back to your Art History classes, Escher was a gifted artist who fascinated many with his optical illusion filled art.

Art Experts are now being asked to authenticate this drawing. If it is in fact one of Escher’s, this traffic cop might have stumbled onto an invaluable piece of art.

Good to see that Nessie was inspiring the art community back in the days.

Relativity by M.C. Escher
Relativity by M.C. Escher

Full source: Press&Journal UK

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.

  • eric

    Wow what a find… I’ve always loved Escher’s work. My parents had a print of “Hand with Reflecting Sphere” when I was a kid. I was always fascinated by how he was able to recreate the reflection, and I love the way some of his work looks almost fluid as your eyes adjust to it (maybe that’s just because I’m usually jacked up on caffine!).

    You’re right, it is very cool to see the Nessie inspiration. Now if someone could only find an undiscovered Escher drawing of bigfoot fighting a pack of chupacabras…..

  • To Whom It May Concern;

    This so-called ‘painting”by M.C. Escher of nessie is a complete fake. This story has been around for years and it keeps popping up.

    First of all, it doesn’t look like anything Escher ever made, secondly he hasn’t painted at any time during his life.

    The signature is not the one from Mr. Escher and the handwriting looks like a child wrote the text.

    All in all, I agree with the comment that hopefully a drawing of Bigfoot by Escher will appear. We can then enjoy ourselves for the next 6 years again.

    Mark Veldhuysen
    the M.C. Escher Company B.V.

  • David G

    Many experts including Escher’s son have already seen the piece and has said it is a hoax.

    … Mark Veldhusen, managing director of the MC Escher Company B.V. of Baarn in the Netherlands, said no-one had ever contacted his company or M.C. Escher Foundation which promotes Escher’s work about the “so-called piece of art”.

    “This drawing is not made by M.C. Escher and the signature on the back does not belong to Mr. Escher.

    “This drawing was checked by an art expert, Ms Dottore Anna Petrecchia. She apparently is a graphic art expert and is master in crime science and forensic science at the Court of Rome.

    “I have no idea who is behind this scam.”

    Mr Veldhusen said the Escher Foundation had never refused to examine the drawing because it had never been shown to them.

    “Since I have been handling originals for more than 25 years, the Foundation asks me to authenticate original print, which I also do for Christie’s and Sotheby’s when there is doubt over a print.

    “Anyone who has any common sense and has seen this picture can tell you that it is not by M.C. Escher.

    “It is not his style, nor does the signature even remotely resemble his.”

    The drawing – a ‘scam’ say experts.

    And Mr Veldhusen also revealed he had shown the picture to George Escher, the eldest son of the famous artist.

    “He burst out laughing when he saw it and said that his father would have stopped being a graphic artist if this was the best he could draw.

    “Anyway, whatever they want with it, we don’t know but I am pretty certain no auction house or respected museum wants to burn their fingers on this ‘masterpiece’.”

  • Mark Veldhuysen / David G,

    Thank you for the information. I was not aware that this was a reoccurring hoax.


  • We know that it’s difficult for a monopolistic foundation recognize a big value picture.

    What we try to find is the true about this charcoal attributable to Escher and we thanks everyone can help us.

    Our expert say that this picture can be attributable to Escher, and that the signature is authentic.

    We thank you for all you will do.

    Associazione EscherNessie

    Antonio Prospero.

  • Italian Policeman Found Unpublished paintings NESSIE Loch Ness Monster and the Black Man without a face date 1949.-
    Artist Famous M.C. ESCHER 1898-1972 NL