Long-Lost $6.5M Renaissance Masterpiece Found In Elderly French Woman’s Kitchen

An elderly French woman in the northern town of Compiegne didn’t realize she had long had a Renaissance masterpiece hanging on her kitchen wall, but just thought it was a random religious icon.

After an expert came to the home to take a look at it, it was discovered to be by the hand of a 13th-century Florentine artist widely recognized as the father of Western painting, and is expected to sell at auction for between €4m and €6m⁠, or 6.5 million dollars.

The painting is said to be by Florentine artist Cenni di Pepo, known as Cimabue, who was so famous even in his own day as to get a mention in Dante’s Divine Comedy: “Cimabue thought to lord it over painting’s field; and now the cry is Giotto’s and his name eclips’d.”

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