Spain museum finds 'unique' painting of French ruler Louis of Orleans
Published on Feb 11, 2013 9:05 PM
MADRID (AFP) - Spain's Prado art museum Monday unveiled a newly discovered jewel of French painting in which experts found a rare image of the historic French ruler Louis of Orleans.
When the Madrid museum received it from a private family in 2011, the 15th-century painting Prayers In The Orchard showed just Jesus and three apostles watched over by God in a starry blue sky.
But when experts scanned it and then removed layers of brown paint in the bottom left corner, they revealed a bald, red-haired nobleman in a red robe, accompanied by a female saint in green.
The insignia of golden nettle leaves on his sleeves identified the man as Louis of Orleans. The woman is Saint Agnes, a patron saint associated with his family.
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