One of Pablo Picasso’s earliest works has been put up for sale, and it comes with an estimated worth of nearly $80 million.

“Child With a Dove,” painted in 1901 when Picasso was just 19 or 20, is being made available by its aristocratic Welsh owners

The work is considered important because it marked the beginning of the Spanish artist’s “blue period.”

Word that the Aberconway family of Wales was putting it up for sale was posted on the website of the Arts Council England, which has some say over whether important works of art are allowed to be sold abroad, according to Reuters.

The painting, depicting a child holding a dove next to what looks like a modern-day beach ball, was loaned to the Courtauld Gallery in London only last year, according to the Sunday Times, which first reported the intended sale.

The Arts Council England estimated the work to be worth 50 million pounds, or about $79 million, but added that the valuation was meant only as a rough guide.

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How prideful was the Renaissance painter Tintoretto? He once turned down a knighthood from French king Henry III because, it is said, he did not want to kneel down.

The 16th-century Venetian master, who was so productive that he was known as Il Furioso, is the subject of an exhibition that opened in Rome this past weekend.

“Tintoretto was the most controversial painter of his time,” Melania Mazzucco, one of the organizers and a Tintoretto expert. “His experimental way of painting, the speed with which he worked and his prolific aspect, his aggressive and competitive character evoked very strong reactions among his contemporaries.”

The exhibition, which follows the painter’s career from his days as an ambitious disciple of Titian to a bitter old age, focuses on the three main themes that distinguish the artist’s work: religion, mythology and portraiture. It runs through June.

Tintoretto, born in 1518, owed his nickname to his father who was a manufacturer of dyes (“tinta” in Italian). He became one of the greatest practitioners of the Venetian style.

The exhibition begins with one of his monumental works “The Miracle of the Slave,” painted in 1548 and measuring 14 feet by 18 feet.

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