Keyword: Renaissance

France bans export of auctioned 24m-euro Cimabue masterpiece

A tiny painting by 13th-century Florentine painter Cimabue, which was found by chance above a hotplate in the kitchen of an elderly lady in northern France and subsequently bought at an auction for 24 million euros by US-based private collectors, has been refused an export licence by the French authorities who have declared it a 'national treasure'.

Renaissance painting found in kitchen in France sells for €24m

The painting 'Christ Mocked' by Italian artist Cimabue had been valued at between €4m and €6m before auction.