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A Work of Art? is the direct translation of Opera d'arte ?, the Italian title for an originally-nameless a comic strip written by Bob Karp and drawn by Al Taliaferro. It features Donald Duck and a nameless con-man, and mentions Rembrandt for the first time in the Disney Comics Universe.


When a shady man in a shady alley offers to sell Donald Duck a painting by Rembrandt for ten bucks, Donald is too quick to agree to the deal!


  • Donald Duck is familiar with the painter Rembrandt, and knows his paintings usually fetch huge sums.
  • A calendar establishes the strip to take place in the year of its publication, 1940.

Behind the scenes

This story was first printed in June of 1940 in various American newspapers. It was later reprinted in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #20, in Uncle Scrooge #315 and in the first volume of Donald Duck: The Complete Newspaper Comics. In all of these printings, the strip remained nameless; only in its fourth Italian printing, in 1997's Disney MEGAzine #30, did it receive an individual title, Opera d'arte ?, which remains the story's only official title to date.