A television show has discovered a work of art by a master painter of the Baroque period. Bloomberg reports that the painting by the 17th century Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck was found on the BBC’s “Antiques Roadshow.”
The painting was bought for 400 pounds, or about $660, by Father Jamie MacLeod, who runs a retreat house in England’s Peak District, the story says. The painting has been valued at about 400,000 pounds, or about $660,000.
“The identity of the painting as a van Dyck was suspected by the show’s host, Fiona Bruce, who asked specialists to confirm it, according to the clip on the BBC’s website," the story reports. "The van Dyck portrait was identified after Bruce, who was making a show about the artist with adviser Philip Mould, saw the painting and thought it might be genuine."
MacLeod plans to sell the painting and buy new church bells with the money, the story says.