The Louvre Museum has recently acquired a 13th century art masterpiece. No one expected that almost a decade before, it was considered worthless and almost abandoned.This paintingItalyThe work of Florentine painting master Cimabue was later declared a national treasure by the French government and will be displayed in the world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris.archiveFind its new home.
According to the British “Times” report, this “Christ Mocked” (Christ Mocked) was discovered during routine cleaning of the house in 2019; It was initially thought to be of no value, but was eventually foundauctionAt the meeting, a record price of US$25 million was set for a global medieval painting auction.
The owner of the painting is a 90-year-old woman who lives in Compiègne, northern France. She didn’t know that the old small painting hanging in the kitchen was an art treasure. He thought it came from Russia and had nothing to do with it. it. Qualified mark, intended to be thrown in the trash.
The buyers were Chilean billionaire and economist Álvaro Saih Bendek and his architect wife Ana Guzmán Ahnfeldt, who purchased the painting for their private collection; Unsurprisingly, it encountered obstacles, and the French government refused to issue an export license for the painting.
The French government recognized the painting’s cultural importance and declared it a national treasure, then gave the Louvre 30 months to raise the funds needed to purchase the painting. Recently, the museum reached an agreement with the painting’s owner to ensure that this art treasure will be collected by the Louvre.
Laurence des Cars, director of the Louvre Museum, said Cimabue’s “Mocked Christ” is an important milestone in the history of art, showing the amazing transition from icon to painting. The painting will soon be displayed in the Louvre’s collection along with another of Cimabue’s works, Maesta, whose restoration is still ongoing. These two paintings by Cimabue will be the highlights of the Spring 2025 exhibition.
The first person to discover the priceless value of this painting was the Compiègne auctioneer Philomen Wolf. After evaluating the painting, he concluded that it was no ordinary work, which also aroused his curiosity about the history of painting.
Modern scientific and technical testing has confirmed that Cimabue, a key figure in the development of the art of painting during the Renaissance, is the author of this painting. Scholars believe the painting dates to 1280 and is one of the few small paintings by him. Seemabue. Treasure.