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Wayfarer's Bauble was one of the reprinted cards in The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Commander set, given a new illustration by David Sondered, who has drawn 15 Magic: The Gathering card arts so far including this one.
Lorenzo Lanfranconi Allegations
On November 19, 2023, artist Lorenzo Lanfranconi compared one of their paintings and the card side by side to show how the background of the art has been used on the card art:
Response from David Sondered
Not long after, David Sondrered released a statement on social media and claimed to have reached out to the original artist and Wizards of the Coast to settle the matter.
Statement From Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast subsequently released a statement:
We recently became aware of claims that David Sondered’s artwork on the card Wayfarer's Bauble used art created by another artist without that artist’s permission. Such misuse of art is expressly prohibited by our artist guidelines and does not reflect the values of Wizards of the Coast. As such, we will be suspending any future work with David Sondered until further notice.Statement on Wayfarer’s Bauble
Since then, all social media presence by David Sondered has been deactivated and Lorenzo Lanfranconi has also released a statement to say the matter has been clarified privately.
There has been other similar examples of plagiarized or stolen art in Magic: The Gathering:
Nissa Worldwaker in Core Set 15 traced from a picture of South African musician Yolandi Visser: