Hayez’s lost work “Louis XIV and Mademoiselle de La Vallière” has been found in Milan.
The lost work “Luigi XIV e Mademoiselle de La Vallière”, oil on canvas, by Francesco Hayez was found in Milan, among the assets of some private collectors.
The work was originally exhibited in Brera and there it had remained until 1838, in the same place as the artist’s most famous work Francesco Hayez: “The kiss”.
The traces of the painting “Luigi XIV e Mademoiselle de La Vallière” had been lost for more than a century, until the experts of the auction house Il Ponte, called for an evaluation, they did not find it in a warehouse, where it had been stored by the owners unaware of its value.
“It often happens that private collectors have among their subjects works of which they cannot recognize the value, for this reason it is very important to rely on experts. – These are the words of Matteo Gardonio, head of the 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures department of the Bridge – This oil on canvas had by now been given up for lost, finding it is a great joy, it strikes above all for its chromatic iridescence, used in the clothes and costumes of the time. “
The work, according to what was communicated, will be auctioned next June 16 during an event to be held in Crivelli Palace, where other nineteenth-century Italian masterpieces will also be beaten, including Mosé Bianchi, Ettore Tito, Pompeo Mariani, Francesco Paolo Michetti, Luigi Chialiva.