- Posted March 22, 2010 by
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Renaissance Rivals Brought Together for Rare Art Exhibition in Gothenburg
A recently-discovered Leonardo da Vinci painting (sold in 2007 for $19,000, and now valued at œ100 million) is being exhibited for the first time at a ground-breaking exhibition in Gothenburg, Sweden. The exhibition will feature some 50 original masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci and other renaissance artists. Most of the pieces are privately owned and have rarely or never been shown in public.
The exhibition ;And There Was Light, opened its doors in Gothenburg, West Sweden, on 20 March. The recently-discovered painting, 'La Bella Principessa', which portrays a young woman in profile, was sold in 2007 to Canadian-born art collector Peter Silverman for $19,000. Silverman had the piece tested and examined by experts after suspecting it was the work of a more prestigious painter. Techniques such as comparing finger prints confirmed Silverman's suspicions, though nothing could have prepared him for the monumental discovery that was made. The painting is now valued at œ100 million.
One of the experts to make the discovery was Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Leonardo da Vinci museum in Tuscany and the artistic director of And There Was Light. In Gothenburg, he will work alongside Francesco Buranelli, the scientific director of the exhibition.
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