Wednesday, September 15, 2021
A 100-year-old church in New Rochelle, New York, housed a 400-year-old treasure and no one realized it until a man stopped to worship, and looked up. "It immediately caught my eye, and I knew it was a 17th century Italian painting. And that's when I began the investigation," said Tom Ruggio. Ruggio is a professor of art and art history at Iona College. It didn't take long for him to pinpoint the painting of the Holy Family with infant St. John the Baptist as the work of Cesare Dandini, an Italian master of the Baroque style. For 60 years or so, the art world had no idea the missing painting resided at Holy Family Church.
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