National trust for Scotland has discovered in one of his estates the picture, which, as suggested by historians of art was created by one of the most outstanding masters of the Italian Renaissance – Raphael.
“Madonna” covered the time-darkened varnish, was considered a low-value piece. In 1899 the painting, dated 1505-1510 years, estimated at £ 20, equivalent to £ 2,000 at today’s prices. If the authorship of Raphael will be confirmed, the cost of the work will soar to 20 million pounds.
Historian Bendor Grosvenor saw this painting when I visited the mansion of the XVIII century in Aberdeenshire, which were going to study other paintings for a story about them on BBC. He was amazed by the beauty of the Madonna, hidden in a dark corner high above the door.
He told The Guardianthat immediately thought about the similarity of the painting with known works by Raphael. However, when poor light and under a yellowed varnish to make out details was impossible.
As it turned out, the painting was bought by the National Fund in the early nineteenth century and exhibited as an original Raphael at the British institution, along with other artist’s paintings, which are still considered genuine. Later, however, the status of the canvas was lowered. It was supposed to copy, created a minor Renaissance artist francucci of Innocenzo da Imola.
“She’s too good to belong to the brush Innocenzo,” said Grosvenor. He convinced the national Foundation to explore the work.
After removal of the thick layer of dirt and varnish was found that in Aberdeenshire they kept the work “marvelous” and “spectacular quality”. Subsequent studies have shown that we are talking about original work, not copies, and critics noticed a characteristic for Raphael methods.