Unknown van Dyke painting found in Spain

Spanish art experts Thursday revealed the existence of a previously unknown work by Flemish Baroque artist Anthony van Dyck.

The work is “The Virgin and Child with Repentant Sinners” and depicts the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus in her arms watched by Mary Magdalene, King David and the Prodigal Son.

It had lain in warehouse of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid for more than a century and was long believed to be a copy of a work done by the 17th century master, said an official with the museum.

But restorers began last July with a painstaking study of the work using pigment and X-ray analysis, and confirmed it to be the work of van Dyck, the official said, according to Agence France-Presse.

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