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Raphael Painting Discovery: Similar-Style Artwork Could Be Real Deal

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The discovery that this painting may be an original Raphael  is "about as exciting as it gets," said art historian Bendor Grosvenor. (National Trust for Scotland)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 06:00 AM

The discovery of a possible original Raphael painting could mean the artwork originally bought for $25 may now be worth millions.

The painting is a portrait of the Virgin Mary and was originally attributed to the Italian artist Innocenzo da Imola, who was widely known for his "Raphaelesque" style. It was kept in a Scottish stately home for more than a century but is now said to be a "lost masterpiece" attributed to the Renaissance artist Raphael.

The Raphael painting could be worth $26 million now, CNN reported.

Art historian Bendor Grosvenor along with a team of experts made the discovery while conducting research for the BBC series “Britain’s Lost Masterpieces” at the National Trust for Scotland’s Haddo House in Aberdeenshire, CNN said.

The discovery was made after Grosvenor requested to have the painting professionally cleaned, conserved, and investigated after he and other experts noticed an astonishing resemblance to work of Raphael.

"Finding a possible Raphael is about as exciting as it gets," Grosvenor said in a statement. "This is a beautiful picture that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. I hope 'the Haddo Madonna,' which would be Scotland’s only publicly-owned Raphael, brings many people to this part of Aberdeenshire."

Though Raphael died at the age of 37, he was enormously product and left behind many paintings and other artwork.

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