A Detroit Institute of Arts curator has found a 1600s painting by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo hanging in a dark corner at Meadowbrook Hall in suburban Detroit.
WDIV-TV reports Dr. Salvador Salort-Pons was at Oakland University in suburban Detroit to give a lecture and was walking through Meadowbrook Hall when he saw the painting. He says it turned out to be a work titled "Infant St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness.''
Commissioned in 1670, it changed hands several times before Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband, lumber baron Alfred Wilson, bought it in the 1920s. It was hung in their home, Meadow Brook Hall, which now is on Oakland University's campus.
Now, the painting is being restored and will be displayed in at the museum in Detroit.