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I gotta go check my cupboards!
“Christ Mocked” is expected to fetch up to 6 million Euros ($6.59 million) at auction next month, according to Jerome Montcouquil of art specialists Cabinet Turquin, which was asked to carry out tests on the painting after its discovery at the beginning of this summer.
An elderly French woman from the town of Compiegne had kept the rare artwork — which she thought was a Greek religious icon — hanging in her kitchen, said Montcouquil. The unsuspecting owner did not know where the 25.8 x 20.3 centimeter painting came from, he added.
“It didn’t take long for us to see that it was an artwork by Italian painter Cimabue. He’s a father of painting so we know his work very well……. There are only eleven of his paintings in the world – they are rare.”Jerome Montcouquil
Cimabue is the pseudonym of artist Cenni di Pepo, born in Florence around the year 1240. He is known to have been the discoverer and master of Giotto, widely regarded as one of the greatest artists of the pre-Renaissance era.