'Sopranos' Actor Discovers Multimillion-Dollar Guercino

  • September 30, 2014 18:12

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Saint Sebastian, c. 1632-34, newly attributed to Guercino.

The TV actor, who plays a Sicilian mobster, is an artist himself and collector of Baroque art. Castellucio first spotted the painting at a Frankfurt art dealer with a label rendering the artist unknown. Later, Castellucio picked it up for a reported $140,000. He then consulted the experts who did some testing, including analysis of the pigment.

The verdict is that the painting is a long-lost image of Saint Sebastian painted by Italian baroque master Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino. It will be shown publicly for the first time in 350 years in an exhibition organized by Cosso Foundation and the Miradolo Castle museum in Turin, titled "Saint Sebastian: Beauty and Integrity in Art Between the 15th and 17th Centuries," opening Oct. 4. 

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