March 9, 1996 in Nation/World

Workers Find A Goya In Attic

Compiled From Wire Services

Workers renovating a government building have stumbled upon a previously unknown painting by the 18th-century Spanish master Francisco de Goya.

The Prado Museum confirmed Friday that the canvas, which shows redeemed souls being swept upward from purgatory to heaven, was found 10 days ago propped against a wall in an attic storeroom and was indeed a Goya.

“From moment we saw it, it was marvelous,” said Carmen Garrido, one of several Prado curators who examined the colorful 8-by-6-foot work, apparently intended to hang behind a church altar.

Nobody knows how a Goya ended up stacked in the attic of Madrid’s regional government along with lesser paintings and gifts given to past government officials.

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