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New research sheds light on “missing” Dandini masterpiece found in New Rochelle

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – It’s the following chapter in an artwork world thriller: A lacking masterpiece, found hanging in plain sight inside a New Rochelle church

Now there’s proof of the portray’s significance, and worth. 

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello experiences, for 60 years, worshipers on the Church of the Holy Family had no concept a portray bought in Rome by a former pastor was a masterpiece consultants thought had been lost. 

“I can never forget my immediate reaction when I saw this painting. I was shocked,” stated Iowa University artwork historian Tom Ruggio. 

Ruggio stopped to hope on the church in 2020, and had a revelation. 

“I knew it was a baroque masterpiece,” Ruggio stated. 

A seventeenth century work by Italian grasp Cesare Dandini. Publicity and a exhibiting at Iona final year prompted many with outdated work to contact Ruggio, together with a person in Spain who thought he had a Dandini, too – a model of the identical portray of the holy household with toddler John the Baptist. 

Ruggio traveled to Madrid final month and instantly noticed key variations. 

“This is delicately applied, but confident,” Ruggio defined. “This is the work of an artist trying to keep up with the masterpiece.” 

An knowledgeable in Spain agreed the Madrid portray is a duplicate of the unique in New Rochelle. 

“What does studying this painting in Madrid tell you about this painting in New Rochelle?” Aiello stated. 

“The Madrid copy… speaks to the importance of the New Rochelle painting,” Ruggio stated. 

So necessary, Dandini allowed an apprentice to repeat this authentic for follow, or maybe for revenue. 

“A workshop copy would sell for a little less than a work by the hand of the master,” Ruggio stated. 

It’s a fairly a treasure for a suburban parish church. 

“People want to see the painting. They come to see it. They enjoy it. We keep the church open so they can come in and visit,” stated Monsignor Dennis Keane. 

The church has boosted safety, and its insurance coverage – the Dandini is probably going price not less than $1 million. 

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