Considered a long-lost 17th century painting by renowned artist Cesare Dandini, it was found in a church in the American city of New Rochelle, New York. This was reported by the UPI news agency.
Thomas Raggio, senior art teacher from Iona College, came to Sagrada Familia. His attention was attracted by a picture hanging on the wall of the church.
“I immediately realized that this is a work of the Italian Baroque period. I took a closer look. Why is she here? I immediately got up and started taking pictures of her with my phone, ”said Raggio. The man showed the photographs to art historians. Experts quickly identified the painting as a long-lost work by the Florentine artist Cesare Dandini, entitled The Holy Family with the Child John the Baptist.
Church officials said the painting was donated in the early 1960s by a former monsignor (title of higher Catholic clergy), who bought it from an unidentified art gallery in London.
The parish agreed to lend the painting to Iona College. The canvas will be on display on the New Rochelle campus for three months.
Earlier it was reported that the painting “Venice, Cape Dogana from the side of St. Mark’s basin” by the Italian artist Giovanni Antonio Canal, also known as Canaletto, was considered lost in the house of a recently deceased woman in the English city of Lewis, East Sussex.