A woman has discovered a Renaissance painting by Florentine master Cimabue in her kitchen. Christ Mocked (1280), which had been hanging above a hot plate in the woman’s house in the northern French town of Compiègne, is estimated to be worth between EU€4 million and EU€6 million. The painting is thought to be part of a large polyptych dating back to the 13thcentury. Experts have said that there was ‘no disputing’ its origin after tests were carried out using infrared light to determine the similarities with works by the Italian painter Cimabue, also known as Cenni di Pepo. Éric Turquin, an art expert, told French newspaper Le Figaro: ‘The painting was done by the same hand.’ The painting will go for auction in Paris on 27 October.
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