The painting accidentally fell from the wall in the collector’s country house, was delivered to the restoration workshop of Antonella di Francesco who, after cleaning, was convinced that it was an original by the Dutch master, created between 1632 and 1633, reported the chain American television channel CNN.
The work was lost for centuries, with two copies that are preserved, one in St. Petersburg, Russia, and another in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Since 2016, it has been studied by an international team of experts, who recently presented their findings during a symposium at the French Academy of Villa Medici in Rome, sponsored by the Heritage Foundation of Italy, confirming that it appears to be a true Rembrandt.
The specialists who analyzed the work claim that the differences between the figures that appear in the two copies of “The Adoration of the Magi” existing in Russia and Sweden can only be explained by the existence of a third work that would be the original.
For the team, the genuine composition is the one found in Rome, which contains elements common to the two copies, such as the wizard king standing or the sky band at the top of the painting.
The president of the Italian Heritage Foundation, Guido Talarico, told CNN that the painting is currently in the hands of an art company in Milan and that the owners plan to lend it to a museum or gallery, rather than sell it. .
It will also be made available to the international scientific community so that other specialists can shed light on the attribution and verify it, but if it is genuine, it could be worth between 70 and 200 million euros.
The record for a Rembrandt auction was around 28 million euros, when a work by the artist was sold in 2009 at Christie’s gallery in London, according to Artnet’s price database.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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