This weekend in Turin, Italy, a Guercino painting that has not been seen publicly for centuries will be part of a new exhibit at the Miradolo Castle. All thanks to Federico Castelluccio, the New Jersey-raised actor who played Naples enforcer Furio Giunta on The Sopranos.
Per a report by Page Six’s Ian Mohr, Catelluccio, an accomplished painter and art collector, had the work meticulously restored and authenticated after spotting it, mislabeled, by a German art dealer. He bought the painting for a fraction of its true value. There may be another offshoot soon from this odyssey:
The actor has created a book proposal about the painting’s incredible journey that’s out to publishers. He also writes about how he became an art lover growing up in New Jersey.
Some estimates place the value of the painting by Guernico (a.k.a. Giovanni Francesco Barbieri), done around 1632-34, as high as $10 million. Meanwhile, this past weekend, the multi-talented Castelluccio completed a feature-film shoot in Williamsburg for Lily of the Feast, which expands upon his 2010 short of the same name.
[Image courtesy: The Cosso Foundation]