Lost Raphael masterpiece found in Scotland
By T.K. Randall
October 4, 2016 · 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
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