Monday, October 27, 2008

Siena near Sheffield?

Do you ever dream about what it would be like to "discover" some masterpiece of art? You know, like you happen to rummage through your grandmother's attic and discover not only that she was Picasso's secret mistress, but that he painted a Cubist portrait of her that she's kept hidden all these years because it made her look indecent? The likelihood is that it will never happen, but one can always dream. Still, surprises similar to that do happen occasionally in the art world. Take for instance the news about these "Sienese panels found in English parish church" in the latest edition of The Art Newspaper. Apparently a small church in a mining village in Yorkshire, England turned out to have two heretofore unknown panel paintings by the early Renaissance painter Sano di Pietro (1406-1481). No one is still certain how they got there, but the local aristocracy may have had something to do with it about a century ago. And if all that wasn't interesting enough, turns out there's a New York connection as well. The expert called in to examine the works was Everett Fahy from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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