Mon November 3, 2008
Old Italian Painting Rediscovered in Texas, Up for Auction
Dallas, TX – A lost painting by Italian master Sebastiano Ricci (REE'-chee) has turned up in a Dallas warehouse after a 300-year journey.
That journey has seen Ricci's ``The Vision of St. Bruno'' change hands from a European nobleman playboy to a Missouri fur trader and finally to generations of an American family.
The discovery came only after the family asked an art expert to take a look at the 3-by-4-food painting depicting a robed St. Bruno glancing up to a colorful group of angels.
Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries will offer the work by the famous Venetian painter at a November 20th auction. Heritage officials say the painting has been conservatively estimated to fetch at least $600,000.
The last known documentation of the St. Bruno painting was a 1776 catalog listing of the collection of Count Francesco (fran-CHEHS'-koh) Algarotti. The 18th century Venetian art connoisseur advised royalty on their collections and was also known for his colorful love life.