How a woman kept a multi-million euro masterpiece in her kitchen for years without realizing it

Cimabue, a Florentine painter born in 1240 under the name Cenni de Pepo, produced rare works matched only by their inestimable value. It is part of a polyptych depicting Christ’s suffering and crucifixion, the Christ Parody. One of them is on display at the National Gallery in London, CNN reported. A third volume is in New York, on the walls of the Frick Collection.

Another piece was from a few years ago… a French woman about 90 years old. In fact, the lady lived in Compiègne, in the north of France, and had Cimabue’s works in her possession. This, displayed in her kitchen above her gas stove, meant little to the uncivilized. In 2019, he decided to put his house up for sale. To make an interesting profit, she calls a local auctioneer. The latter looked around the house and was stunned to see the painting.

The work sold at auction in October 2019 for more than €24 million. However, the government blocked the deal and imposed an export ban: the painting received the status of a “national treasure”. The director of the Louvre added the painting to the museum’s collection. For its part, the ministry described the painting as “An important milestone in art history marks the spectacular transition from icon to painting”.

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