Monday, July 27, 2015

Rediscovered St. Sebastian portrait by Guercino now at Princeton

By Eve M. Kahn
The “Sopranos” actor Federico Castelluccio bought this St. Sebastian portrait, thought to be by Guercino. Credit Federico Castelluccio Collection
NEW JERSEY---Federico Castelluccio, who played the ponytailed hired gun Furio Giunta on “The Sopranos” TV series, has rediscovered the artwork, a depiction of St. Sebastian said to have been painted by Guercino in the 1630s. This week, in its first American showing, the painting went on view at the Princeton University Art Museum after its European debut in a survey of St. Sebastian portraits at a castle near Turin, Italy, last year. Mr. Castelluccio and an unnamed co-investor bought it for about $70,000, and its value has been estimated at up to $10 million. [link]