Missing 17th-century portrait of female from Italy is not in London, but a museum

The 17th-century painting of a woman with a white female companion has been placed under export, because it cannot be shown to the public for at least a decade, it was revealed Sunday. The…

Missing 17th-century portrait of female from Italy is not in London, but a museum

The 17th-century painting of a woman with a white female companion has been placed under export, because it cannot be shown to the public for at least a decade, it was revealed Sunday.

The artist, Italian artist Pietro Lunata, was known to have painted The Ladies of Italy from the year 988-993.

According to the LEO Art Institute in New York, the painting, titled “Remains of the Adult Lover,” depicts a woman dressed in white holding a small child.

The painting is of interest for another reason. Investigators discovered that Lunata, who lived in the 11th century, used to engage in human sacrifice, which is forbidden by Italian law. Investigators said that the woman in the painting is pregnant and many analysts suspect that child in the center of the painting is his daughter.

The family that owns the painting asked to have it remain in its home, in Britain, because it was the single most important painting in its collection, according to the ARTnews.com. In addition, the Oxford University Museum of Art is likely to bring up its own acquisition of the painting, which makes up a large portion of its collection.

“Remains of the Adult Lover” is estimated to be worth “in the region of £4 million ($5.3 million),” according to ARTnews.

As a result, the LEO, which has six different art collections, decided to stop the sale of the portrait.

“Our first priority is to determine what remains of this important acquisition and to preserve it so that the future generations can enjoy its beauty,” they wrote in a statement.

“We strongly consider that the best place for the picture is, of course, England.”

Sources: The ARTnews.com, LEO Art Institute, The Guardian, Bbc News

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