Renaissance masterpiece discovered in woman's kitchen

Renaissance masterpiece discovered in woman's kitchen

Painting by a 13th century artist found in a house in the the French town of Compiegne could be worth up to $6.6m.
What an elderly woman thought was a religious work of art hanging inside her kitchen, turned out to be a Renaissance masterpiece worth millions.

Art experts said on Monday that the painting, which depicts a crowd mocking Christ and was found during a house clearance in June in the French town of Compiegne, was actually a piece called Christ Mocked, by the great 13th-century Florentine painter Cimabue.

Old Masters specialists Turquin said the painting is estimated to be worth between four million and six million euros ($4.3m-$6.6m).
Tests using infrared light found that there was "no disputing that the painting was done by the same hand" as other works known to be by Cimabue, Eric Turquin was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

The 25cm (10-inch) panel will be moved to the Acteon auction house in Senlis, north of Paris, on October 27.