It turned out that the work (1240-1302) original, certified by Jerome Montcouquil art expert of the expert laboratory Turquin, is the "mocking of Christ", a painting on wood of small dimensions (25,8 cm to 20.3 cm), auctioned by Actéon to nearly 24.2 million at the beginning of November. More than four times the estimate that had been made to the elderly lady.
But France has blocked the export.
Found in France a work of Cimabue, The Ministry of Culture of France has signed the measure, which sanctions block the export, the decision to cancel the certificate of export issued, and has given the work the status of "national treasure" for a period of thirty months, which will begin from the notification of the decision to the owner of the work. In recent months France will use them to raise the funds necessary to purchase the "mocking of Christ". If he is able, the work of Cimabue, to reach the "Majesty" of the florentine painter, already preserved at the Louvre Museum.
The decision to block the export has been approved by the French minister of culture Franck Riester . “I greet positively,” said Riester, “the important role played by the control device on the export of cultural goods, designed to protect and enrich the national heritage and I thank the members of the Commission consultative of the national treasures, under the impetus of its president, Edmond Honorat, whose careful examination of the proposal of refusal of the certificate clarifies my decision. Thanks to the time granted to you by this measure, can be made all efforts to ensure that this exceptional work will enrich the national collections”.
According to laboratory experts, the picture of the artist in life, he recognized the talent of Giotto, is in excellent state of preservation, and probably it is an element of a diptych of 1280, in which were represented on the eight panels of similar size, some of the scenes of the Passion of Christ. Up to now, these panels, if they knew two: "The Flagellation," in the Frick Collection in New York, "and the "Madonna and Child enthroned", housed at the National Gallery in London.
"it didn't take long to realize that it was a work of art by the Italian painter Cimabue," he said Montcouquil adding that for the first time ever a painting by the artist Cenni di Pepo, who was born in Florence around the year 1240, was never put up for auction. "There are only 11 of his paintings to the world, they are rare," he said Montcouquil. The "mocking of Christ" was finished in the cuisine of France.
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