A lost Rembrandt painting has been found in Italy, in a remarkable find that experts call a major one. The Italian news agency ANSA first reported the news of the discovery.
The play, titled The Adoration of the Magi (around 1632-1633), was discovered in 2016 when a Roman family sent the painting for restoration after it fell from a wall and was slightly damaged. The painting represents a manger in which the three wise men greet the infant Jesus.
The family thought the painting was a copy, but conservator Antonella Di Francesco realized that it may have been painted by the Dutch master himself. On June 22, the French Academy of the Villa Medici in Rome confirmed that the painting was indeed an original during the conference “Rembrandt: identifying the prototype, seeing the invisible”, which had been supported by the Fondazione Patrimonio Italia (FPI ).
The Roman family to whom the painting belongs was not identified in the ANSA report. There are reportedly new plans to sell the artwork, which could be worth between $ 83.5 million and $ 238.5 million, although the family said CNN reporters that they instead consider loaning it to museums and galleries for public viewing.
The discovery marked an emotional moment for those involved, especially for Di Francesca, who commented in a separate statement from the REIT, “During my work one of the most beautiful things that can happen in a lifetime: the sudden awareness of being in front of a work by a great author who reveals himself to you, which comes out of its opaque zone and chooses you to be redeemed from darkness.
Many of Rembrandt’s paintings have been lost in time, but very often one of those missing paintings resurfaces. In 2018, Dutch art dealer Jan Six claimed to have discovered a previously unknown painting by Rembrandt Portrait of a young gentleman (1635). Then, in 2020, a Rembrandt who, as long as he is false, Bearded man head (ca. 1630), has been reassigned to the artist. It had been kept in a basement, and was reassigned to the artist after its frame was discovered to come from a felled tree at the time of the painting.
The new find is Rembrandt’s second big novelty this week. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum said on Wednesday it had restored the famous Rembrandt museum Night watch (1642), adding missing pieces to the painting via artificial intelligence.