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'Lost' Rubens discovered after 400 years

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A "lost" portrait by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been rediscovered after almost 400 years.

The 17th Century Flemish artist's "head study" of the Duke of Buckingham was identified by Dr Bendor Grosvenor from BBC Four's Britain's Lost Masterpieces.

It was in Glasgow Museums' collection and on public display at the city's Pollok House stately home.

But overpainting and centuries of dirt meant it was thought to be a later copy by another artist.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41373007

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Renovation work carried out by English Heritage at Apethorpe Palace in Northamptonshire, one of the king's favourite residences, revealed a secret passage linking the two men's bedchambers.

King James obviously liked a bit of ruff.

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