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Lost Raphael masterpiece found in Scotland

By T.K. Randall
October 4, 2016 · Comment icon 5 comments



The painting was found in Haddo House in Aberdeenshire. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Fionam890
A painting believed to be the work of Italian painter Raphael has been found in an 18th-century home.
It's not every day that you come across a lost masterpiece by a renowned Italian Renaissance artist, yet this is exactly what happened to historian Bendor Grosvenor recently when he visited Haddo House in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to look at old paintings as part of a new BBC television series.

A composition of the Madonna, the painting was found tucked away in a corner of an upstairs room.

Grosvenor's research revealed that it had been purchased back in the 19th century as an original Raphael but was later downgraded in status and valued at just £20 after being misidentified as a copy attributed to Italian artist Innocenzo Francucci da Imola.
As a genuine Raphael however the painting is now thought to be worth more than £20 million.


"I thought, crikey, it looks like a Raphael," said Grosvenor. "It was very dirty under old varnish, which goes yellow. Being an anorak, I go round houses like this with binoculars and torches."

"If I hadn't done that, I'd probably have walked past it."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by aka CAT 6 years ago
Raphael's work is definitely worth beholding. Maybe it was her being dressed in red, but I'd not have guessed the subject saint the Madonna.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
He was my favourite. I didn't like Shredder very much, though.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
I'm not much of an art lover, but great find! The painting wasn't lost. It was misplaced. My wife does that all the time. She moves things thenforgets where she puts them.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Athena1979 6 years ago
How beautiful! This woman survived, walked this earth at one time. And Raphael painted her. Took note of the slight shadows and her delicate hands. Thank goodness we have artist in this world to capture beauty for as long as time allows.
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
Raphael and Madonnas ... " Grace ... " I remember having to do a Raphael style painting for my Art School Oil Paint Term End assessment ... I failed miserably ... my Madonnas looked too much like 'a Cover Girl Poster Child ... ' that's what the lecturer said ... ahhh bless her heart ... ~ italian renaissance resources link


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