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Spain museum finds 'unique' painting of French ruler Louis of Orleans

Published on Feb 11, 2013 9:05 PM
 
A combination of two pictures made on Feb11, 2013 shows two versions of the painting Oracion en el huerto (Agony in the Garden), the original one (left) supposedly by painter Colart de Laon, and the restored version at El Prado museum in Madrid. Spain's Prado art museum today unveiled a previously unseen jewel of French painting in which experts found a rare image of the historic French ruler Louis of Orleans. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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