How a Lost Renaissance Painting Worth $25 Million Could Hang on the Wall of a Melbourne Home

How a Lost Renaissance Painting Worth $25 Million Could Hang on the Wall of a Melbourne Home

  • Paulo Veronese’s Pool of Bethesda painting valued at $25 million
  • The missing painting is thought to hang on the wall of the mystery house in Melbourne
  • Last seen in 1877, with the Renaissance painting said to depict healing










A lost Renaissance painting, valued at $25million, could be perched comfortably on the wall of a home in suburban Melbourne, expert art researchers say.

Paolo Veronese’s Pool of Bethesda – once owned by Russian Empress Catherine the Great – hasn’t been seen in public since an art enthusiast Robert Black attempted to sell the masterpiece to the Melbourne Athenaeum in 1877.

At the time, Melbourne had countless con artists circulating in art circles, so the trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria seriously questioned Mr Black’s claim.

Paolo Veronese’s (pictured) Bethesda Pool has been valued at $25million – and could be featured on the wall of a home in suburban Melbourne He has not been seen in public since 1877

University of Melbourne Emeritus Professor Jaynie Anderson and fellow arts sleuth, Emeritus Professor Roderick Home – recently unearthed the minutes of a trustees’ meeting held on September 9, 1877, reports The Australian.

Trustees present at the meeting said they were “not prepared to consider the purchase of this image without satisfactory proof of its authenticity and value, as an example of the Grand Master.”

Professor Anderson hopes the elusive Renaissance painting can eventually be located and displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Boasting a size of 3.35m x 1.9m, it is larger than most traditional paintings.

University of Melbourne Emeritus Professor Jaynie Anderson (pictured) thinks that due to the large size of the painting it is unlikely to gather dust in an attic

University of Melbourne Emeritus Professor Jaynie Anderson (pictured) thinks that due to the large size of the painting it is unlikely to gather dust in an attic

“I mean, if a painting is small and somebody doesn’t like it – let’s say they inherited it or something – they stuff it in the attic or in a closet or something, but it’s huge,” said art historian and curator Professor Anderson.

Renowned artist Veronese was famous for his designs, which inspired large-scale ceilings and murals in Venice, Italy, and other parts of the world for centuries.

The multi-million dollar painting is said to represent healing.

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