A painting worth an estimated R8-million by Sir Peter Paul Rubens was discovered in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg and will make its way to Cape Town next week. The painting was uncovered by a family in Johannesburg and after much inspection was found to be an authenticated painting by Rubens.

The artwork will be on display at the Irma Stern Museum from the June 28 – 29. The gallery will be accessible free of charge and is open from 10am – 5pm.

 

The painting depicts an unknown character portrait and was brought forward to Stephan Welz and Co auctioneers in September 2017. According to Business Insider, the painting was accompanied with a letter indicating that it may be a piece done by Rubens and this spurred the interest of curators and auctioneers.

The painting was apraised from its frame, painting materials and backboard to authenticate its originality.

As an artist that was very successful and renowned for his work that merges both classical art and renaissance themes, a Rubens piece is revered in the art world. In the pinnacle of art museums, the Louvre, a single hall is dedicated to work done by Rubens.

A representative and art specialist of Stephan Welz and Co, Luke Crossley along with national archivers have been able to trace back the art piece to its origins. The painting originated from Germany, was auctioned in Belgium in 1740 and was bought by a Jewish paediatrician in 1925. The paediatrician reallocated to South Africa several years later and sold another revered art work to purchase property as mentioned in Business Insider.

The painting is expected to be valued at R5-million to R8-million, but is more likely to be worth a lot more. Viewers are more than welcome to place a bid in for the piece at the upcoming viewing in Cape Town.

Check out a new and trendy art taller in De Waterkant, Cape Town. 

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