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Brueghel painting discovered during a family’s property review now heading to auction in France


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Zona Maco to feature more than 200 galleries in this year’s edition

A past edition of Zona Maco
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Mexico City will soon become the center of the Latin American art scene as the premier fair Zona Maco and Mexico City Art Week kick off. Zona Maco is set to feature a whopping 210 exhibitors from 26 different countries, with more than 50 percent of the participants coming from cities around Mexico. Last year’s edition was the first since the pandemic brought global fair hopping to a stop, and this year’s fair promises to be a true return to normal. “We were really happy with with the amount of people who came, and the galleries were happy with with the sales,” said Juan Canela, artistic director of Zona Maco and chief curator of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá. “It was the first addition after the pandemic, so it was good.” This year’s edition will ride the enthusiasm for Mexico City that has skyrocketed since the pandemic. And there are few Covid restrictions on travel now, ensuring more international attendees than last year. Details on Art News.

Brueghel painting discovered during a family’s property review now heading to auction in France

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, The Village Lawyer, ca. 1615-1617
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A painting by the 17th-century Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger will be auctioned next month in France after having recently been rediscovered. The canvas, depicting a busy scene as peasants wait in line for a lawyer’s services, dates to between 1615 and 1617. It was uncovered last October by a French family that was conducting a review of its property. The owners were unaware that the painting was by the famed Flemish artist, despite it having been passed through the family for a century. The owner’s identity and location was not disclosed. The work will be sold during an Old Masters auction on March 28 at the headquarters of the Parisian auction house Hôtel Drouot, where it is expected to sell for between €600,000 and €800,000 ($640,000 and $800,000). That’s still a far cry from Brueghel’s current auction record of €10 million ($10.7 million), achieved in 2011 at Christie’s. The painting was authenticated at the Paris-based firm Cabinet Turquin, which sent the work to Germany for study. The Flemish Old Masters specialist Klaus Ertz confirmed the attribution in December. Details on Newsbreak.

1800 year old sanctuary dedicated to Mithras uncovered in Spain

Villa del Mitra in Cabra, Spain
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A sanctuary dedicated to the ancient god Mithras was uncovered by archaeologists excavating at the Villa del Mitra in Cabra, Spain. Remains of ritual banquets were found within the sanctuary. Mithraism was a cult religion that became popular among the Roman Empire during the first century CE. Mithras was a Romanized form of the Iranian god of the sun and justice Mithra. The Villa del Mitra, within the Roman city Licabrum, dates to the first century CE. The villa gets its name from a second century CE Mitra de Cabra sculpture, depicting Mithras sacrificing a bull (a symbol of death and resurrection), that was discovered in situ. The villa was originally excavated between 1972–3, during which a courtyard with a pond and several adjacent rooms with mosaic flooring were discovered. Later excavations conducted in 1981 unearthed the remains of a hypocaust, or subfloor heating system, as well as several coins showing Philip the Arab, Diocletian, and Valentinian II. Read more on Heritage Daily.