St Michael and All Angels church in Ledbury, England has had a large painting measuring 8 feet high and 12.5 feet wide hanging over top of the church altar for nearly 110 years.
Well, finally someone decided to check out the barely visible signature of the painting of the Last Supper covered by grime and dirt and discovered the word ‘TITIANVS’.
It was the work of Italian master, Tiziano Vecellio (1490-1576) or at least from one of his schools. And it appears one of the disciples in the painting looked remarkably like the master himself.
Because of its large size nobody really took notice of it, and in fact some in the congregation wanted to get rid of the painting now valued at £50 million.
The painting was discovered when they had brought a man in to restore an old ‘copy’ of the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci. He noticed the old painting and decided to take a closer look.
READ: Heavens! Has a £50m Titian been found in a parish church? Covered in grime, this painting of The Last Supper stood ignored in Herefordshire for more than a century