“Adoration of the Magi” Rembrandt’s original painting found!
The Italian news agency ANSA announced the discovery of a lost painting by Rembrandt van Rijn.
The discovery was announced last week at the Rembrandt symposium held at the Villa Medici in Rome. The painting of the Adoration of the Magi, which was painted between 1632 and 1633, was authenticated. Until now, art historians believed that only copies of this painting have survived, including in Gothenburg, St. Petersburg, but the original remained undiscovered for nearly 500 years.
The work has long been in the collection of a family living in Rome who wants to remain anonymous, they had the painting restored in 2016, when it had fallen off the wall earlier. After a few years it turned out that the work was not a copy.
The restorer of works of art, Antonella di Francesco, was asked to preserve the work. Clearing the painting from the yellowed layer of varnish confirmed the initial assumptions that she was dealing with the master himself – and also missing for centuries.
Adoration of the Magi is valued at up to $ 238 million, according to ANSA, the Italian news agency. The owners of the work, who wish to remain anonymous, plan to keep the work, but do not want to profit from it, but only lend it to museums and private art galleries.