Velazquez's portrait of 'Vatican lover' is discovered and goes to auction

Work of the Spanish painter could reach three million

Musa of the work, Olympia Pamphilli was one of the most influential women of Rome in the 17th century.

A painting by Diego Velázquez that was lost almost 300 years ago was rediscovered and now goes to auction with estimated value between € 2 million and € 3 million. It is a portrait of Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphilli, known as one of the most powerful and influential women of Rome in the 17th century.

The painting, which had no news since 1724, besides rumors that it could have been destroyed, arrived at the Sotheby's auction house in Amsterdam a year and a half months ago. Since then, it has been evaluated by experts, who attested to its authenticity.

The "Portrait of Olimpia Maidalchini Pamphilli" will be auctioned on July 3 by Sotheby's in London. The sale will still have paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, Sandro Botticelli and John Constable, among others.

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