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France: A recently authenticated Raphael masterpiece exhibited in the Var

A historic moment is happening in the Var region of the South of France as a first of its kind is taking place. For the first time ever, a painting by the Italian painter Raphaël is being publicly displayed starting this Saturday, April 20th, for one month at the Basilica of Saint-Maximin. The painting, a portrait of Mary Magdalene, was specifically chosen to be displayed at this location as the religious building holds the tomb of Saint Mary Magdalene, who in the Bible is known as the first witness to the resurrection of Jesus. Visitors to the basilica will now have the opportunity to admire this masterpiece by Raphaël, which was painted around 1505, the same year he met another famous Italian Renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci. It is not surprising that this portrait shares the technical skill and finesse in execution that is often associated with Da Vinci’s work.What makes the story even more intriguing is the history behind the painting that was thought to have been lost for centuries. The portrait of Mary Magdalene was purchased for 34,000 euros on an online marketplace from a London gallery by French collectors. At the time of purchase, they were unaware of its true value, but upon closer inspection, they were struck by the quality of the painting and consulted with both French and Italian experts. Through meticulous analysis, including the use of infrared imaging to reveal hidden layers of carbon beneath the paint pigment, these experts were able to confirm that this indeed was a work by Raphaël. Although no official estimation has been released, it is predicted that the new value of the painting will be staggering.This news article not only informs readers of this remarkable event in the art world, but it also highlights the importance of expertise and thorough research when it comes to valuing priceless works of art. The fact that a painting of such magnitude was purchased for a relatively small amount and remained unnoticed for so long serves as a reminder to always be vigilant and open-minded when it comes to the art world. The discovery of this lost work by Raphaël is a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of France as well as a reminder that there may still be hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. It is an exciting time to be an art enthusiast and this exhibition at the Basilica of Saint-Maximin is not to be missed

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