Spain un­earths a rare Bruegel

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An uniden­ti­fied paint­ing brought to Spain about 400 years ago has turned out to be a pre­vi­ously un­known mas­ter­piece by 16th cen­tury Flemish painter Pi­eter Bruegel the Elder, the cul­ture min­is­ter said Thurs­day.

An­ge­les Gon­za­lez Sinde said ex­perts at Madrid’s Prado Na­tional Art Mu­seum have pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied the paint­ing, “The Wine of St. Martin’s Day,” and are ne­go­ti­at­ing to buy it from its cur­rent own­ers.

The tem­pera on linen paint­ing is dated be­tween 1565 and 1568. It de­picts a crowd of about 100 peo­ple scram­bling madly to get a sam­ple of the year’s first vin­tage from a bar­rel on St. Martin’s feast day.

The Prado has just one other Bruegel the Elder paint­ing. The mu­seum said that prior to the lat­est find there were only 40 signed Bruegels in ex­is­tence.

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