28 Jan '13, 10am

Paris Ritz Hotel Renovations Uncover Mystery Le Brun Masterpiece

Paris Ritz Hotel Renovations Uncover Mystery Le Brun Masterpiece

A major renovation at Paris's legendary Ritz hotel has resulted in the discovery of an hirtheto unknown painting thought to be the work of 17th century artist Charles Le Brun. Hidden in plain sight, the gorgeous oil on canvas adorned one of the suites in which Coco Chanel lived for more than 30 years but when exactly it was installed in the hotel remains a mystery. The hotel archives offer no clue as to how the painting ended up there, according to Ritz art advisor Joseph Friedman. "When I saw this painting in the suite, I had to take a step back. It had a very powerful impact," Friedman told the AFP."The use of colour and the movement are remarkable. The influence of (Baroque master Nicolas) Poussin is obvious. A colleague then found the initials CLBF, which stand for Charles Le Brun Fecit (Le Brun did this) and a date, 1647." The oil painting has been identified by exper...

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